Ian is a Consultant Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team and his practice covers general commercial litigation and international commercial arbitration. He has considerable experience in the oil and gas, renewables, mining and infrastructure fields, as well as in international trade, maritime and shipping, commodities, construction and real estate development, shareholder disputes, finance, hospitality, media, trusts, insurance, and pharmaceuticals. Ian has particular strength in commercial disputes arising out of projects in emerging markets, with clients from, or working in, regions such as LATAM, the CIS, Eastern Europe and Africa.
He has also 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 governed by the LCIA, ICC, SCC, LMAA, UNCITRAL, CIArb and ICSID Rules. Ian's work often has an international element, and he regularly advises on conflict of laws issues and provides advisory/transactional support in complex international transactions involving overseas investments, often at an early stage in negotiations, to tailor dispute resolution provisions and corporate structures to ensure foreign investors maximise investment treaty protections whilst operating abroad. He also has considerable experience of arbitration-related litigation before state courts, including applications for injunctive relief, challenges to arbitral awards and matters relating to enforcement.
Ian is dual-qualified in the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe and retains an interest and an established network of clients and contacts in Africa.
Ian is a regular speaker at industry events. Most recently, he was 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$78 million under a long-term charter party for the use of an offshore floating oil production vessel. Currently running a complex jurisdictional challenge before the arbitral tribunal;
(ii) a Rio de Janeiro-seated LCIA arbitration against a Brazilian state entity with multi-million US$ 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.
Acting for Delaware trustees of a Liechtenstein trust resisting significant claims in a London-seated LIS arbitration brought by a trust beneficiary relating to an allegedly unfair distribution of trust assets
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) |