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Kate  Johnston, Senior Associate

Kate  Johnston

Senior Associate


French, Italian, Mandarin/Chinese

Practice areas

  • International arbitration
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Kate Johnston is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Disputes team in London. Kate has a diverse international arbitration practice representing commercial clients involved in complex disputes, often in challenging jurisdictions.

Recent arbitration experience includes: advising a Dutch client involved in a dispute with an Iraqi State owned-entity; advising a Swiss commodities trading company on a dispute arising from the bankruptcy of a Russian oil refinery; advising an American energy company on an ICC arbitration regarding a joint-venture in Madagascar, and advising on English law aspects of a related American arbitration; advising a European green energy company on a potential arbitration arising out of a joint venture dispute; advising a Swiss insured in an LCIA arbitration against its Russian credit risk insurer; advising an American company in relation to enforcement proceedings of an arbitration award relating to a dispute in Tanzania; advising an American company in relation to a dispute over an Egyptian oil field; advising a Saudi contractor in relation to potential arbitrations with its employer and sub-contractor, arising from a construction project in the Middle East; advising an international avionics company on two potential disputes with airlines following the COVID-19 pandemic; advising an Iraqi state owned enterprise on a dispute with a Greek contractor; advising a Spanish construction contractor on a JV dispute in the Middle East; and advising a Ugandan client on a potential claim against an International Organisation; assisting on an arbitration for a Middle Eastern government engaged in a construction dispute.

Kate also provides non-contentious advice on arbitration/dispute resolution clauses in contracts.

Kate is listed as a “rising star” in International Arbitration by Legal 500 (20212 and 2023 editions); and has featured in Legal Business’s “Next Generation of Arbitration”.