John McElroy:

John is a senior associate who joined Quinn Emanuel in July 2012 from Travers Smith LLP, where he was an associate within the firm’s Litigation department, working on a wide range of commercial litigation matters with a particular emphasis on financial disputes. Prior to this, he worked at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP from 2003 to 2008. He obtained his undergraduate (joint honours) degree in Law and French from The Queen’s University of Belfast in 2002 having spent one year studying French and European law at L’Université de Rennes 1 in Brittany, France. John’s broad spread of litigation experience includes having acted for and against major investment banks in high profile, high value financial disputes often involving complex and technical banking issues. He has also acted as the lead associate on intellectual property, employment, trusts and professional negligence matters. John has wide experience of cases in the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions of the English High Court (including the Commercial Court) as well as in the appeal courts and his cases have often involved international elements. He has acted in regulatory investigations involving both the Financial Services Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission and has been involved in an LCIA arbitration involving parties in various different jurisdictions. Click here to view full bio.

Khaled Khatoun:

Khaled graduated from Edinburgh with a First Class degree in Philosophy and Politics (top of his year) where he was awarded the Skirving Prize for special excellence. Following university, he studied Law at BPP Law school, where he graduated top of his year in Constitutional Law. Khaled trained at Hogan Lovells LLP, where he acted for a major bank in relation to claims arising out of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. His litigation experience includes acting for and against investment banks in a number of high profile, high value, financial disputes.  Since joining Quinn Emanuel, he has represented a major financial services organisation in respect of claims against a major bank relating to the sale of mortgage backed securities worth billions of dollars. He has also been involved in a wide range of commercial disputes, and has represented the CEO of an AIM listed company in respect of a worldwide freezing order which was obtained against him. Khaled has a particular interest in shareholder disputes. In this regard, he acted as lead associate and successfully represented a major shareholder in respect of a super expedited case involving the corporate takeover of the leading hotels in London. Click here to view full bio.

Yasseen Gailani:

Yasseen qualified as a solicitor at the London office of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in 2009, having obtained his undergraduate degree in law from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law in 2006. Yasseen is a commercial litigator with a broad range of experience in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, particularly in the aluminium, banking, finance, energy and telecommunications sectors. Yasseen has a keen interest in insolvency and restructuring law and has worked on several matters involving distressed companies where the sums at stake have numbered in the hundreds of millions and the billions of dollars. Both previously and since joining the firm he has also gained significant experience in working for Russian and CIS clients. Click here to view full bio.

Aidan O’Rourke:

Aidan qualified from Victoria University of Wellington in 2007 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First Class).  He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2008.  Between 2008 and 2011, Aidan worked at Russell McVeagh, New Zealand’s premier commercial law firm.  While there, Aidan worked on a broad range of litigation matters, predominantly in the areas of financial services, insurance and oil and gas joint ventures.  He also has extensive experience in public law advocacy matters, particularly concerning financial regulation. Aidan has appeared as junior counsel in commercial cases in the New Zealand Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court, and as sole counsel in the New Zealand High Court and District Courts.  Click here to view full bio.

Nikki Edwards

Nikki received a first class honours degree in law from Nottingham Trent University (top in her year). She was awarded the Vice Chancellors prize for being the most outstanding student and went on to obtain a distinction in the legal practice course at Nottingham Law School. Nikki qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined Quinn Emanuel in 2012. She has a broad range of experience of complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes and has acted on a number of high profile civil fraud cases. Nikki is a current committee member and former president of the Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association. Click here to view full bio.

Bridie Balderstone:

Bridie graduated from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, with a BA (Political Science) and LLB (Honours) in 2007.  She was also admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2007. From 2007-2011 she practiced at Buddle Findlay, one of New Zealand’s leading commercial law firms, working on a variety of litigious and insolvency related matters including banking and financial services litigation, fraud investigations and complex contractual disputes. Bridie has a particular interest in insolvency and restructuring law, having worked on several high profile New Zealand finance company failures involving billions of dollars. In the United Kingdom, Bridie has worked on a range of matters including professional liability disputes and commercially complex restructuring and insolvency files. Bridie has appeared as both as sole counsel and as junior counsel in the New Zealand Court of Appeal, High Court and District Court. Click here to view full bio.

Stephanie McTighe:

Stephanie is a newly qualified associate and joined Quinn Emanuel in June 2012 from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. She graduated from the University of Stirling with a BA in Politics with Honours and subsequently worked in the civil service before returning to the University of Edinburgh where she graduated with an LLM in Public International Law, with Distinction.  She later spent two years at BPP London law school before undertaking her training contract at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in 2010.  During her training contract, Stephanie spent six months in Dubai and worked on a variety of international arbitration disputes related to oil and gas, energy and financial investment companies.  Since joining Quinn Emanuel Stephanie has been involved in a range of matters including banking and financial services disputes. Click here to view full bio.

Benjamin Burnham:

Ben joined the firm in 2013 and specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. He has experience as counsel, administrative secretary and tribunal assistant in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations conducted under numerous procedural rules (ICC, LCIA, SIAC, NAI, ICSID, UNCITRAL) across a range of industry sectors. These include energy and mining, infrastructure, satellites and telecommunications, insurance and reinsurance, banking, construction, biotechnology and automotive engineering. Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Ben worked as assistant to a leading arbitrator in Brussels. He has also gained experience as an intern with top international arbitration practices in London and Paris and at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. He holds an undergraduate law degree from the University of Cambridge and an LL.M. in public international law from the University of Leiden.  Click here to view full bio.

Philip Devenish:

Philip specialises in international investment arbitration, international commercial arbitration, and public international law.  He has acted as counsel for corporations and governments in complex and high-value arbitrations conducted under various institutional and ad hoc rules (ICSID, LCIA, ICC, SCAI, and UNCITRAL).  These arbitrations have involved a variety of governing laws (including those of England, Texas, Hungary, Indonesia, and Azerbaijan) and have been held and seated around the world (in London, Paris, Geneva, Zürich, Singapore, and Washington, DC).  Philip has also acted as tribunal assistant in UNCITRAL arbitrations seated in London and Honolulu.  He has experience across a wide range of industry sectors, including property, finance, media, telecoms, shipping, clean energy, mining, and oil & gas.

Philip holds first class undergraduate degrees in law and international studies, and postgraduate degrees in international law from Sydney University (LL.M.) and Oxford University (B.C.L.), where he was the Myers Scholar at Christ Church.  He also attended The Hague Academy of International Law and leading arbitration academies in Paris and Cologne.

Before joining Quinn Emanuel, Philip trained and practised in the Dispute Resolution and Banking & Finance departments of top-tier international law firms in Sydney and London.  He is a dual citizen of Australia and Austria, and he reads Spanish. Click here to view full bio.

Ben Lasserson:

Ben is a senior associate who joined Quinn Emanuel in June 2013 from Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP, where he was an associate in the firm’s litigation and international arbitration department.  Prior to this, he worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP from 2004 to 2008.  He specialises in commercial litigation, international arbitration and other dispute resolution procedures advising clients across a broad range of industries.  Notable experience includes: acting for a major investment bank in connection with disputes arising under certain structured finance products involving proceedings in London and New York in excess of US$1 billion; acting for AAR (Alfa-Access-Renova) in its dispute with BP over the oil major’s attempt to form a US$16 billion strategic alliance with Rosneft for the exploration of oil in the Arctic Circle; and acting for a high net worth individual against multiple defendants in relation to email hacking (obtaining multiple third party disclosure orders and search and seizure orders to secure evidence). 

Ben also has experience of regulatory investigations, having acted for a major international airline in relation to a multi-jurisdictional antitrust investigation into air cargo surcharges, a major professional services firm in relation to an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and for Compass Group plc in relation to an investigation into irregularities in UN contracts.  Click here to view full bio.

Oliver Middleton:

Oliver Middleton is an associate who joined Quinn Emanuel’s London office in June 2013 from Olswang LLP, where he was an associate in Olswang’s Commercial Litigation group, working on a wide range of different disputes but with a particular emphasis on complex contractual claims.  Oliver joined Olswang in 2007 after finishing the Legal Practice Course (distinction) at OXILP and studying law at Worcester College, University of Oxford.  In 2011, he went on secondment to the Court of Appeal, working as Lord Justice Mummery’s Judicial Assistant for two court terms. Click here to view full bio.

Timothy Foden:

Timothy Foden is a senior associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. He joined the firm in 2013. His practice focuses on investor-treaty and high value commercial arbitration in the hospitality and commodities sectors. He has represented dozens of investors in bringing claims against governments under the Energy Charter Treaty and various bilateral investment treaties. From 2011 to 2013, for instance, Timothy helped lead claims on behalf of numerous renewable energy investors in multiple ECT arbitrations against the Kingdom of Spain. He also represented a major American power company in an ICSID annulment proceeding. With respect to commercial arbitration, Timothy has represented, inter alia, a leading international hospitality management company, a major aluminium smelter and a global mining corporation. Timothy also has extensive experience in the enforcement of commercial and ICSID arbitration awards in the courts of the United States, the United Kingdom and Belize. He has acted in proceedings under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC, SCAI and ICDR arbitration rules.

Timothy also serves as a Co-Chair of Young ICCA, deputy editor of the European International Arbitration Review and speaks regularly on international arbitration matters around the world. Click here to view full bio.

Muireann Dennehy: 

Muireann Dennehy is a former prosecution lawyer with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. She was a member of the trial team in The Prosecutor v Goran Hadžić, the last trial to take place at the ICTY.

Muireann was an associate in the London office of Quinn Emanuel LLP from 2009-2012 and rejoined the firm in 2013. She has a broad range of experience in complex commercial disputes and transnational litigation. She previously worked in the New York and London offices of a well known international law firm. Muireann is a Deployable Civilian Expert for the UK government’s Stabilization Unit and advises on rule of law issues in post conflict states.

Before entering private practice, Muireann taught Public International Law and Human Rights Law at King's College London and was a judicial clerk to the Appellate Body, the highest court of appeal, of the World Trade Organization in Geneva. She also worked at the Mission of the Bahamas to the United Nations in New York.

Muireann graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar with an LLM in International Law from Columbia Law School where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She holds a first class honors degree in Law and German from Trinity College Dublin.  Click here  to view full bio. 

Natasha Caldwell:

Natasha is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. Natasha graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) in 2009 and was awarded the Gold Medal in Law as top graduating student in her year. From 2009-2011, Natasha worked as a judge’s clerk for the Hon. Justice Susan Glazebrook at New Zealand’s Court of Appeal and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2009. From 2011-2012, Natasha practiced as a barrister at a leading chambers in New Zealand where she worked on a broad range of litigation matters and appeared as junior counsel in New Zealand’s Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court. In 2012, Natasha was awarded a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to undertake postgraduate study at Harvard University and completed her LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 2013.Click here to view full bio.