Year of call: 2016
E: dkennelly@3vb.com

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Dominic is a former solicitor with substantial experience of commercial disputes, particularly in the areas of international arbitration, arbitration-related court applications, oil & gas / energy, and banking and finance.

Dominic joined 3VB in late 2016. Prior to transferring to the bar, Dominic qualified as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and practised as an associate / senior associate in the firm’s international arbitration group in London.

Recent cases

Dominic appeared as junior counsel for the Claimant (led by Paula Hodges QC of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP) in Maximov v OJSC “Novolipetsky Mettalurgichesky Kombinat” [2017] EWHC 1911 (Comm), a claim to enforce a Russian arbitration award that was set aside by the Russian courts, on the basis that the Russian set aside decisions were tainted by bias and ought not to be recognised in England.


Dominic’s cases at Herbert Smith Freehills include acting for: 

The Claimant in Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited v. United Republic of Tanzania (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/41) and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited v. Tanzania Electric Supply Company Limited (ICSID Case No. ARB/10/20), being disputes arising from the project financing of a power station in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  The latter case involved the first successful application in ICSID history for reconsideration of a tribunal’s decision.

A Russian bank (in its capacity as Security Trustee) in an LCIA arbitration involving professional negligence claims against a corporate services provider arising out of a securitisation transaction.

The Defendant in Stockman Interhold S.A. v Arricano Real Estate plc [2015] EWHC 2979 (Comm), a challenge under ss.67 & 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to an award made in an LCIA arbitration relating to a shopping centre in Kiev, Ukraine. Dominic also acted on a previous s.68 challenge and in the underlying arbitration.

A private equity firm in ICC arbitration proceedings brought against it by a European state arising from the privatisation of a state utility.

A major oil company in an unjust enrichment claim arising from the mistaken delivery of hydrocarbons.

A major oil company in an arbitration concerning the re-determination of equity shares in an offshore oil field in Africa. 

A consortium of oil companies in arbitration and related expert determination proceedings against a Central Asian state. The amount in dispute was in excess of US$9 billion.

A major oil company on a potential claim against its (state owned) joint venture partner in connection with cost overruns on an oil field development in the Middle East. The value of the claim was in excess of US$380 million.

“A breakthrough for financial services arbitration?”, Global Arbitration Review, 29 September 2014 (co-authored with colleagues).

“Keeping to the Deal: The Need for Contractual Certainty in Uncertain Markets" (2014) 29(5) Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 291 (co-authored with colleagues).

"The future of financial services arbitration", Global Arbitration Review, 23 August 2013 (co-authored with colleagues).

"Problems with the One-Way System: The Risks and Opportunities of Unilateral Options to Arbitrate Financial Disputes" (2013) 24 Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice 294 (co-authored with colleagues).

Called to the Bar - England and Wales - 2016

Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings) - 2012

Solicitor - England and Wales - 2010

Solicitor - New South Wales, Australia - 2008

Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of Sydney

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Sydney