Sarah Chaplin


Sarah Chaplin
Sarah Chaplin is an associate in the dispute resolution practice in London. She is a member of the firm’s global Complex Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration and Trade practice groups.

Sarah advises across the full spectrum of complex commercial disputes (including disputes before the English courts and under the rules of major international arbitral institutions), principally arising out of breach of contract; breach of fiduciary duties; fraud; joint venture and shareholder disputes; and cross border insolvencies. In addition to advising in connection with ongoing proceedings, Sarah regularly advises clients in relation to pre-dispute strategy.  She also regularly acts for clients engaged in alternative methods of dispute resolution, including mediation and complex settlement discussions.

Sarah has, as part of a team, advised a range of major international corporations and financial institutions operating out of a variety of sectors, including structured finance, energy, telecommunications, media and fund management.

Representative experience includes:

  • Advising on an internal investigation for an entity headquartered in London in relation to a number of governance issues arising out of a whistleblowing claim
  • Advising a major hedge fund in connection with a disputed scheme of arrangement
  • Advising a private equity fund in connection with a major dispute with a telecommunications group, including an arbitral hearing at the LCIA
  • Advising 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) on its $6.5 billion dispute with IPIC and Aabar

Sarah also regularly acts for the firm’s pro bono clients. Her pro bono work has included defending a journalist in connection with a High Court defamation claim; ultimately culminating in the claimant discontinuing his claim on the eve of a 10 day trial. She has attended the Bar Pro Bono Unit and regularly provides pro bono legal advice through the Citizen's Advice Bureau at the Royal Courts of Justice.

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