Ian is a specialist in international commercial arbitration and litigation.
He has been involved, including as an advocate, in numerous ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, subject to a variety of governing substantive and procedural laws, including arbitrations under the LCIA, ICC, SCC, SIAC, LMAA, UNCITRAL, CIArb, ICSID and lesser known rules. Ian also accepts arbitral appointments.
Ian has conducted proceedings for and against governments, multinationals and high-net-worth individuals all around the world and has particular expertise in disputes with a connection to LATAM, CEE, CIS and Africa.
He has considerable experience in the energy and natural resources (principally oil and gas, renewables, mining and minerals) and infrastructure fields as well as international trade, shipping and commodities, construction projects and real estate development, shareholder disputes, banking and financial instruments, hospitality, media, trusts and insurance.
Ian is dual-qualified in the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe and has a particular interest and focus on international commercial arbitration in sub-Saharan Africa.
He is also a regular speaker at industry events – more recently as a keynote speaker at the Spanish Chamber of Commerce seminar on ‘Investment Treaty Arbitration: Protecting Overseas Investments’.
Fantastic - good commercially, knows the business, an excellent international litigator and someone you definitely want on your side.
President, Genesis Interiors
(i) a London-seated LCIA arbitration against claims raised in excess of USD$78 million under a long-term charter party for the use of an offshore floating oil production vessel;
(ii) a Rio de Janeiro-seated LCIA arbitration against a Brazilian state entity with multi-million US$ claims arising under a suite of aborted farm-out agreements and related licences to explore and exploit certain oil fields within Brazilian territorial waters; and
(iii) a London-seated LCIA arbitration with claims against a Canadian shipyard arising under a construction contract for a US$700m new-build FPSO.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
Ian Sellars is recognised by the Legal 500 2017.
Listed by Chambers & Partners UK 2013, under Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, as, “an associate to watch”.
|2016||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2013-2016||SC Andrew LLP | Senior Associate|
|2010-2013||Dentons | Senior Associate|
|2007-2010||Watson, Farley & Williams LLP | Associate|
|2005-2007||Masseys LLP | Associate|
|2006||Qualified as a Solicitor (England & Wales) |
|2003||Qualified as a Legal Practioner (Zimbabwe) |