Dominic Pellew is a partner at Dentons in London, specialising in commercial arbitration. He has particular experience acting for Russian and CIS clients in high-value commercial disputes. He is British by nationality and speaks fluent Russian and French.
Dominic graduated from Oxford University in 1991 with a degree in modern languages. After completing his legal studies, he qualified as an English solicitor in 1995 and worked for four years in the London office of a major English firm, specialising in insurance litigation. In 1999, he moved to Moscow, focussing on international arbitration. From 2001 to 2006, he was based in Paris, where he qualified as a French avocat. In 2007, he was recruited to head the dispute resolution practice of a major international firm back in Moscow, and, three years later, he returned to London. He joined Dentons in 2014.
Dominic has acted in disputes covering a wide variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas, construction and engineering, bank lending, and telecommunications. He is an experienced advocate and has conducted more than 20 hearings as first chair. He is familiar with all the major institutional rules, including those of the LCIA, ICC, and SCC, as well as with ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL rules. His work almost always involves a cross-border element as well as the consideration of comparative procedural and conflict of law issues. He also manages litigation in arbitration-related matters, such as challenges and enforcement of awards and applications for interim measures. Often these ancillary proceedings take place in offshore jurisdictions such as Cyprus and the BVI.
Dominic has been appointed chairman, sole arbitrator, or co-arbitrator in a number of international arbitrations, including in Russian-language disputes. He was recommended by Chambers Global in band 1 for Russian dispute resolution (experts based abroad) in 2015 and was selected by Best Lawyers as Moscow International Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year" for 2016.