Steven Burkill



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Steven Burkill

Summary Open

Steven joined Watson Farley & Williams in 1998 and is Head of the Bangkok office and Head of the Asia Dispute Resolution team.

Steven specialises in international litigation and, in particular, London and Asia‑based arbitrations involving energy and large scale project disputes. Steven has advised on renewable energy disputes in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India and China – all of which have involved arbitration and/or court litigation. Steven has used this know-how on commercial projects to help avoid disputes and manage risk.

He is cited in Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific directories as a ‘leading practitioner’ in dispute resolution work. Steven has also sat as an arbitrator on several occasions in ICC, SIAC, TAI and ad hoc arbitrations.

Experience Open

    Steven’s experience includes:
    • Advising UNCITRAL Commercial Arbitration in Thailand for SMI Nestle US$600m claim and defence of US$100m counterclaim.
    • Advising ICC Power Arbitration in Singapore for Advance Agro -v- Kvaerner US$250m claim and US$75m counterclaim.
    • Advising ICC Power Arbitration for Pech-Tech of Indonesia -v- Foster Wheeler in Singapore US$300m claim.
    • Advising LCIA Oil and Gas Arbitration for Talisman/ Petronas/ PetroVietnam -v- HHI in London US$200m claim and US$50m.
    • Appointed by ICC on telecommunications arbitration in Singapore between Motorolla and Indian Entity with US$30m in issue.
    • Appointed by Lamsoon Plc of Thailand in ICC arbitration against Malaysian power boiler provider with US$15m in issue.
    • Appointed by Chia Meng and Bang Sue of Thailand in respect of multi-jurisdictional disputes arising from Chinese contract disputes with US$25m in issue with proceedings in Shenzhen, Bangkok, Hong Kong and USA.

Education Open

  • 1988: Chester College of Law, England LLB (Hons)
  • 1987: Cambridge University, England MA (Hons) History
  • 1987: Chester College of Law, England Examination Pass
  • 1986: Cambridge University, England BA (Hons) History
  • 1983: Cambridge University, England (Robinson College) Exhibition Award to read History

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Recognised in Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific as leading dispute resolution practitioner.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Law Society of England & Wales

Employment Record Open

  • 2001 – present: Established Watson Farley & Williams, Bangkok office as its Managing Partner and Head of Asia Dispute Resolution team
  • 1998 –2001 Singapore Partner and Head of Asia Dispute Resolution Team, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 1997: Singapore Partner, Sinclair Roche & Temperley
  • 1993 – 1997: Singapore Associate, Sinclair Roche & Temperley
  • 1991 – 1993: Litigation department Associate, Sinclair Roche & Temperley
  • 1989-1991: Trainee, Simmons and Simmons

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