Clare McKay’s practice involves advising clients on a broad range of international disputes. Ms. McKay’s experience includes complex international arbitrations, EU state aid investigations, and commercial and public law litigation before the courts of England and Wales (including the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) and in offshore jurisdictions.

Her recent representations include:

  • a major Russian entity in a series of multibillion-dollar LCIA arbitrations between the shareholders of a leading international telecommunications company, and related BVI proceedings;
  • a multinational energy business in proceedings before the High Court of England and Wales and the U.K. Supreme Court concerning the award of a public procurement contract;
  • a Ukrainian businessperson in the successful strike out of a multimillion dollar civil fraud claim (with associated worldwide freezing orders) brought by a Russian oil company in the High Court of England and Wales;
  • the government of South Sudan in a highly publicised and strategically important arbitration with Sudapet Co. Ltd. concerning the disputed ownership of oil field interests (with a disputed amount exceeding US$1 billion);
  • a Russian investor in proceedings before the High Court of England and Wales concerning an unjust enrichment claim;
  • a leading investment bank in a multimillion-dollar shareholder dispute before the Supreme Court of Mauritius; and
  • a Middle Eastern media company in commercial arbitration proceedings against a football associate.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McKay served as a judicial assistant at the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Ms. McKay publishes in both private and public law. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Western Australia, the Australian National University and residential colleges at the University of Melbourne.



  • B.C.L., University of Oxford, 2015
  • GDLP, The College of Law, Victoria, 2012
  • LL.B.(Hons), University of Western Australia, 2011
  • B.A., University of Western Australia, 2011


  • Victoria, Australia

Clare McKay

Associate, International Litigation and Arbitration