Associates


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.

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.

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.


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. 

Sally Trafford:

Sally Trafford is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office.  She joined the firm in 2014.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration.  Sally graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and was awarded a Senior Scholarship in law as a top graduating student of her year. From 2009-2011, Sally worked as a judges’ clerk for the Hon. Justices Harrison, Hansen, and Winkelmann (Chief High Court Judge). From 2011-2012, Sally 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 2013, Sally was awarded Fulbright and New Zealand Law Foundation Ethel Benjamin scholarships to undertake postgraduate study at Harvard University and completed her LL.M. at Harvard Law School in 2014. Click here to view full bio.

Manthi U. Wickramasooriya:

Manthi U. Wickramasooriya specialises in international commercial arbitration and public international law.  He joined the firm in 2014.  He has acted as counsel for numerous corporations, banking institutions and sovereign states in high-value arbitrations conducted under various institutional rules (including ICSID, LCIA, ICC, SIAC and UNCITRAL), with a special focus on the energy and banking sectors.   

Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Manthi trained and practised in the International Arbitration group at a Magic Circle law firm in London, having finished the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law (with Distinction) and studied Law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University (with Honours), where he was a Commonwealth Trust scholar.  Click here to view full bio.

Jagdish Menezes:

Jagdish Menezes is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office.  He joined the firm in 2014.  His practice focuses on international arbitration.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad, India, where he graduated with eleven gold medals, including two medals in arbitration. Thereafter, he obtained his B.C.L. from the University of Oxford, on a full scholarship. He was also a member of the team that won the 19th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Vienna, 2012. Prior to joining the firm, Jagdish worked as an intern with the Singapore International Arbitration Center. While there, he helped with case management, legal research and the drafting of a script for a simulation of an arbitration. He has previously clerked with a judge of the Bombay High Court. He has been an intern at the office of the Additional Solicitor General of India, as well as with a number of domestic law firms in India. He is admitted to practice in India. Click here to view full bio.

Louis Burrus:

Louis Burrus is a foreign qualified associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. He joined the firm in 2014. His practice focuses on cross-border commercial litigation, as well as on banking and financial litigation.  He regularly assists global companies and financial institutions in multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Louis Burrus has also significant experience in conducting corporate internal investigations, in particular in the context of the ongoing U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal investigation into Swiss Banks' U.S. cross-border private banking business. Click here to view full bio.

Adrian Forster:

Adrian Forster is an associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office.  His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration.  Over his career, he has acted for numerous corporations and financial institutions on a broad range of litigation, arbitration and transactional matters. From 2010-2011, Adrian worked as a legal fellow in the Kolkata office of International Justice Mission, a human rights organisation, and lectured at the National University of Juridical Sciences during this time.  Prior to this, he interned at the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization as a legal researcher.
 
Adrian graduated from Oxford University (University College) in 2009, having read Law with Law Studies in Europe. From 2007-2008, he studied French law at the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) on the Erasmus programme. Click here to view full bio.