Spotlight on new Silks: Angeline Welsh KC

31 March, 2023

Though best known for her international arbitration expertise, Angeline has extensive experience in a broad range of commercial disputes before the English courts and in offshore jurisdictions.  She also has particular expertise in public law, having acted on some of the leading judicial review and constitutional cases in the Caribbean.

Angeline’s arbitration practice includes both commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, acting on high profile arbitration related court applications (at all levels of appeal) and sitting as arbitrator in over 20 arbitrations (sole, co and presiding).  She has experience of all the major arbitral rules across a broad range of sectors (construction, commodities, telecoms, energy, finance, shareholder and joint venture disputes).  She is a Vice-Chair of the renowned IBA Arbitration Committee and is currently editing the 25th Ed of Russell on Arbitration.

In 2021 Angeline was named International Arbitration Junior of the Year by Chambers and Partners in recognition of her exceptional arbitration practice. In 2017 she was recognised by Legal Week as a ‘Star at the Bar’ at just 2 years call. Acknowledged as a leader in her field by the directories, she has been described variously as “An exceptional barrister – she is clever, easy to work with and her attention to detail is second to none. She excels in difficult cross-examinations”; as “intelligent” and “commercial” with “incredible knowledge” and “deep experience in international arbitration”;  and as “exceptionally user-friendly” and “an excellent team player”.

Recent highlights from her international arbitration practice include acting for an oil and gas major in an LCIA arbitration concerning the sale of upstream extraction and mid-steam transportation business, acting for Montenegro in Addiko Bank AG v. Montenegro, and the Court of Appeal cases of Soleymani v Nifty Gateway (on when the validity of an arbitration agreement in a consumer dispute) and A & B v C, D, & E (on whether the court’s interim powers in support of arbitration extend to third parties).

Angeline is regularly instructed in offshore jurisdictions across a broad range of sectors and legal disciplines, frequently acting for or against States.  She is called to the bars of Belize and BVI.  Recent highlights include AB, CD v The Attorney General of the Virgin Islands and Another (challenge to the UK Government’s decision to introduce a PARBO to BVI), Gas Tomza Ltd & Ors v Controller of Suppliers & Ors (constitutional challenge to a legislative regime relating to new LPG terminal in Belize pending before the Belize Court of Appeal) and Tethyan Copper Company PTY Limited v Pakistan & Others BVIHC (first BVI case dealing with enforcement of an ICSID award).

Prior joining the bar in 2015, Angeline was a solicitor advocate and Counsel in a leading international law firm.  Outside her practice, she is committed to various community projects; she is a director of the ALN Academy (a not for profit charity charged with promoting the rule of law in Africa), a member of the steering committee for DELOS Remote Oral Advocacy Programme, and acts as a mentor on the COMBAR Mentoring Scheme for Underrepresented Groups. In 2010 she was recognised for her substantial contribution to pro bono work with the inaugural annual IBA Pro Bono and Access to Justice Award.  Angeline attended a comprehensive school in Newcastle, where she was a recipient of free school meals, and was the first in her family to go to university.

See Angeline’s full profile here.