International arbitration specialist Alexander Uff leaves for the bar from his own practice
Alexander Uff joins the London Quadrant Chambers set
Alexander Uff left Shearman & Sterling in London after more than a decade with Quadrant Chambers.
Uff specializes in trade and investor-state arbitration – both as a lawyer and as an arbitrator – particularly in disputes relating to emerging markets and infrastructure. He also has experience in joint venture and shareholder litigation in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, aerospace and telecommunications, all of which are Quadrant’s core businesses.
Simon Croall QC, the head of the set’s chambers, said Uff’s arrival would strengthen and deepen the service it provides, particularly in the areas of international arbitration, energy and mining. He added that Uff is a well-known figure in the market whose work has made him a “fantastic addition” in Quadrant’s strategic focus areas.
The two-time barrister and New York attorney joined Shearman in Paris in 2007, where he worked alongside the late Emmanuel Gaillard before moving to the firm’s London office in 2013. He was also at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York.
Uff said he looks forward to expanding his practice, adding that he is “grateful to the many talented and inspiring colleagues I have worked with.” [at Shearman]which has been my home for the past decade and a half. ”
Quadrant previously hired counsel Gaurav Sharma from the arbitration boutique Three Crowns in 2020. Like Uff, Sharma also specializes in energy after spending time in Shell’s global dispute resolution practice and Debevoise & Plimpton.
Alex Bevan, Head of International Arbitration at Shearman & Sterling, confirmed Uff’s exit, saying, “We will miss Alexander returning to his roots in the bar.”
Bevan replaced Gaillard and Yas Banifatemi as heads of Shearman’s international arbitration practice group upon their departure to found the arbitration boutique Gaillard Banifatemi Shelbaya Disputes, two months before Gaillard’s untimely demise.
Bevan added, “We have no doubt that Alexander will have real success [and] I look forward to continuing to work with him on our current and future affairs. “
Shearman has now hired extensive staff in the London financial market and last week added Allen & Overy’s Sanjeev Dhuna, the fourth partner to join Shearman’s London office this year.