Eleanor Hughes focuses on international arbitration and commercial litigation.

Ms. Hughes has represented companies, states, state-owned entities, international organizations and individuals in a wide variety of disputes in the oil and gas, financial services and other sectors. She has advised clients regarding commercial, investor-state and state-to-state arbitrations under all of the major institutional as well as ad hoc rules.

Ms. Hughes is a solicitor-advocate with higher rights of audience in England. She was named as a “very talented” individual by Who’s Who Legal in its Future Leaders - Arbitration 2017 report. She is a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR and has been appointed as the Hong Kong representative for the ICC Young Arbitrators Forum.

Her experience (including experience prior to joining Skadden) includes representing:

  • a Chinese technology company in a US$600 million NAI arbitration relating to an intellectual property dispute;
  • a U.S. investment fund in the enforcement of an HKIAC award in the People’s Republic of China;
  • Philip Morris International Inc. in its challenges to the EU Second Tobacco Products Directive (Directive 2014/40/EU) and the proposed introduction in several EU member states of standardised packaging on tobacco products;
  • an Argentine oil and gas company in its US$50 million ICC arbitration in relation to a Joint Operating Agreement;
  • a Brazilian manufacturing company in an ICC arbitration against a German manufacturing company in relation to a post-M&A technology licensing dispute;
  • investors in a bilateral investment treaty claim against the Republic of Serbia; and
  • a U.S. manufacturing company in LCIA arbitration over the royalties due under a technology licensing agreement.

Ms. Hughes joined Skadden in 2014, and, prior to that, she worked in the London office of a leading U.S.-based international law firm. 



  • Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, London, 2008
  • G.D.L., The College of Law, London, 2007
  • B.A., Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 2005


  • Solicitor, England & Wales
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong

Eleanor Hughes

Associate, International Litigation and Arbitration