Daniel Gal KC

Daniel Gal KC

Partner, International Litigation and Arbitration

Daniel Gal is King’s Counsel. He is a solicitor advocate with extensive experience in commercial arbitration and investment treaty disputes and litigation. He has particular experience in complex multijurisdictional disputes in growth markets, in particular the Middle East, Turkey, Russia and Brazil.


Over the course of the last 25 years, he has represented some of the world’s leading companies in sectors such as telecommunications, banking and finance, infrastructure, energy, construction and technology under a variety of different rules including ICC, ICSID, LCIA, UNCITRAL, AAA and ad hoc arbitrations. He served, until recently, as one of Australia’s representatives to the ICC Commission on Arbitration and, from 1998-99, served as the law clerk to the Chief Justice of Australia. 

Mr. Gal sits on the firm’s global Financial Oversight and Audit Committee.

Recognised by The Times in March 2024 for a landmark victory involving a Middle East-based client, Mr. Gal has repeatedly won plaudits from clients and peers for his international work. Chambers UK cited sources describing Mr. Gal as “a superb advocate and a terrific tactician” who “is an absolute pleasure to work with and a creative and fast thinker.” Additionally, he has been named repeatedly to Best Lawyers in the UK and The Legal 500’s U.K. Private Prac­tice Arbitration Powerlist, as well as recognized as one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Global Litigators. Mr. Gal also has been selected as a Global Leader in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration and previously was named one of the 45 top international arbitration counsel worldwide under the age of 45 by Global Arbitration Review. Mr. Gal has twice been part of arbitration teams that won Legal Business’ International Arbitration Team of the Year award.

Representations include:

  • Enka Insaat ve Sanayi A.S., one of the world’s largest construction groups in a several hundred-million-dollar ICC arbitration proceeding concerning the termination of a hydropower project in the Caucasus
  • Agility in a landmark victory in ICSID annulment proceedings against the Republic of Iraq arising out of the expropriation of Agility’s investment in Iraq
  • DP World Plc in the first-ever successful claim against the Kingdom of Belgium under international law arising out of the expropriation of an infrastructure concession
  • a subsidiary of a major investment group in two successful and consecutive multibillion-dollar LCIA arbitrations related to the ownership and control of one of the largest Middle East-based telecommunications companies, with related British Virgin Islands litigation
  • the trustees of Bermuda trusts with assets of approximately US$15 billion as the successful respondent in the defence of multiple proceedings attacking those trusts, including the largest claim by value ever to come before the Bermuda Supreme Court
  • the government of Ras al Khaimah, UAE, in the enforcement of a multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration arising out of a concession agreement, and in the negotiation of a major new strategic infrastructure concession and related litigation aspects
  • the government of South Sudan in its highly publicized and strategically important arbitration with Sudapet Co. Ltd. concerning the disputed ownership of significant oil field interests (with a disputed amount exceeding US$1 billion). Legal Business named Skadden as its 2017 International Arbitration Team of the Year for the successful defence of this case
  • Cayman and Cypriot entities in connection with the successful U.S. Chapter 11 restructuring of a subsidiary and advice regarding related LCIA arbitration proceedings in London connected to former Yukos assets



  • B.Ec., LL.B (Hons 1), Macquarie University, 1997
  • B.C.L., University of Oxford, 2001


  • England & Wales
  • Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil-Proceedings)


  • Law Clerk, Hon. Anthony Murray
  • Gleeson, AC, Chief Justice of Australia (1998-1999)

Daniel Gal KC

Partner, International Litigation and Arbitration