Timothy C. Smyth

Timothy C. Smyth

Senior Associate

Timothy Smyth advises sovereign States, multinational corporations, and high-net worth individuals in relation to international arbitration and public international law disputes. His experience includes representing clients in arbitrations under a wide range of arbitral rules, including ICSID, UNCITRAL, the LCIA, ICC, DIFC-LCIA and before the Iran-US Claims Tribunal. He also has experience of cases before the International Court of Justice, General Court of the EU and the High Court of Justice in London. He has advised clients from all over the world in a variety of different sectors, including energy, mining, banking, hospitality, telecoms, aviation and pharmaceuticals. Timothy has conducted oral advocacy in investment treaty arbitrations, commercial arbitrations and before the High Court of Justice in London. The Legal 500 UK (2021) has recognised Mr. Smyth as a "Rising Star" in the field of Public International Law.


  • The Kingdom of Thailand in an investor-state arbitration involving the mining sector brought by an Australian mining company (UNCITRAL).
  • The Republic of Bulgaria in the successful defence of investment treaty claims brought by a middle eastern sovereign wealth fund in relation to its investment in a major bank (ICSID).
  • The Republic of Costa Rica in an investor-state arbitration relating to gold mining rights (ICSID).
  • Middle Eastern State in an investor-State arbitration relating to a telecoms license (UNCITRAL).


Myth-busting Investor-State Arbitration
Webinar, The Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law, Durham University
Arbitration Contracts
Jus Mundi WikiNotes
What to Do When You Receive a Coronavirus-Related Force Majeure Notice
Coronavirus: Multipractice Advisory
Arbitration Agreements: Be Careful What You Sign
Panelist, Cambridge University Arbitration Day, Cambridge, United Kingdom


The Legal 500 UK
"Rising Star"–Public International Law (2021)


  • Legal Practice Course, BPP University, London, 2011, with distinction
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University, London, 2010, with distinction
  • BA, Durham University, 2008
  • England and Wales
  • Honorary Member of the Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law, Durham University

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