'Rachael O'Grady is successful because of her commitment, research skills, writing ability and judgement'.Legal 500 2020
Rachael O'Grady is a partner in the International Arbitration practice at Mayer Brown International LLP. A solicitor advocate, she focuses on international commercial and bilateral investment treaty arbitration and public international law. She also has a particular academic interest in the laws of outer space and is becoming increasingly well-known in this field.
Rachael has acted as counsel and advocate for claimants and respondents in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations (including under the under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, LMAA, CAS and ad hoc rules). These disputes have spanned a wide range of industries, including the satellite, telecommunications, mining, energy and retail/hospitality sectors. Rachael has particular experience in large-scale investment disputes in Africa and the Middle East.
In addition to her native English, Rachael speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese. She joined Mayer Brown in 2011 and was based in the firm's Paris office before moving to London in 2014.
Recent or pending arbitration or court proceedings include the representation of:
- A US investor and his US companies in pending ICSID Arbitration proceedings against an Eastern-European State on the basis of a bilateral investment treaty. The dispute relates to the expropriation of the Claimants' investments in the press distribution industry as well as in real estate.
- A West-African State in a pending ICSID Arbitration against the subsidiary of a mining company over the termination of a mining license in that country, with an amount in dispute of 43 million Euros.
- A Middle-Eastern State in a pending ICSID Arbitration against a large multinational corporation in a dispute arising out of a waste management services contract.
- A Middle-Eastern company in a pending ICC arbitration in respect of a joint venture dispute, with an amount in dispute of 38 million USD.
- A Middle-Eastern company in a pending ICC arbitration, against US companies, in relation to a disputed construction contract in a North-African State.
- A British Virgin Island company in a pending ICC arbitration, against US companies, in relation to a disputed construction contract in a North-African State.
- A State in an LMAA arbitration concerning a disputed joint venture agreement relating to ferry services.
- A French company in the context of court proceedings in an Asian country regarding the validity of an arbitration clause.
- A French company against an Eastern-European company regarding an action to set aside an ICC award rendered in France.
- A French company in an ICC arbitration against a Chinese company in the context of a disputed distribution agreement.
- Two European companies in an ICC arbitration against two French companies in the context of a disputed asset sale and purchase agreement concerning projects in France.
- Rachael has been involved in international law aspects of ongoing criminal proceedings in France concerning tax evasion and money laundering.
The College of Law, London, LLB, Honours
The College of Law, London, LPC
The College of Law, London, Graduate Diploma in Law
University of Birmingham, BA, with honors, Modern History and Modern Languages
Inscription au Barreau
- England and Wales
- Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)
- Listed as a Next Generation Partner for International Arbitration and key lawyer for International Arbitration and Oil and Gas. ‘Raid Abu-Manneh and newly promoted Rachael O’Grady were both easy to work with and clear in their communications.‘ They 'both demonstrated ease at getting to grips with complex issues as they evolved.‘
- Listed as a 'Rising Star' and under 'Other key lawyers' 'Senior associate Rachael O'Grady is successful because of her commitment, research skills, writing ability and judgement'. - Legal 500 2020 International Arbitration.
- Listed as a Next Generation Lawyer, notable senior associate Rachael O'Grady "develops an impressive understanding of clients' business" - Legal 500 (International Arbitration)2018.
- "provides rock-solid case management" - Legal 500 (International Arbitration) 2017.