Stephen Jagusch QC is Global Chair of Quinn Emanuel's International Arbitration Practice. He specializes in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, having acted as adviser and advocate in over 200 ad hoc and institutional international arbitrations, conducted in many countries around the world and subject to a wide variety of governing substantive and procedural laws. A great many of Stephen's cases have been for or against sovereign states or substantial multinational organizations, and he has been lead counsel in many of the world's leading investment treaty cases. Stephen routinely speaks at leading conferences and seminars, and is widely published on the subject of international arbitration. Stephen was awarded Queen's Counsel in 2016.
Stephen is recognized as a leading expert in the field of international arbitration and disputes arising under contracts and bilateral or multilateral investment treaties, and is highly ranked by all international and domestic legal publications in international arbitration and public international law. Leading directories recognize Stephen as a leader in his field and have recently described Stephen as "one of the most impressive advocates around," "a masterful cross-examiner," a "tenacious fighter," the "maestro of strategy," "one of the gurus in the field," "one of the pre-eminent ICSID arbitration experts in the world," and praise his "finely honed instincts for strategy in advocacy."
Stephen won the inaugural (and subsequent) Client Choice Award for Best Arbitration Lawyer in the UK. Chambers & Partners and Super Lawyers both rate Stephen as one of the leading lawyers in the UK across all fields of practice. Chambers Worldwide ranks Stephen in Band One. Who's Who Legal has recognised Stephen as one of the top ten specialist international arbitration counsel worldwide, and as one of it's Thought Leaders. Stephen has been awarded "Best Lawyer in the United Kingdom for International Arbitration" by Best Lawyers and Transatlantic Arbitration specialist of the year by Legal Week and The American Lawyer.
Stephen has sat as an arbitrator, either as Chair, Sole or Co-Arbitrator in more than 50 cases around the world under the auspices of ad hoc and all the major institutional rules, in both commercial and investor-State arbitrations.
In his 20+ years specialising in arbitral arbitration, Stephen has become a recognised expert in all types of arbitration however his emphasis has been on disputes in the following sectors: energy, mining and natural resources, telecoms, converging technologies, mergers and acquisitions and construction.