In the 2023 edition of Chambers USA, Three Crowns maintained a leading ranking for international arbitration. Luke Sobota and Liz Snodgrass have continued their rankings as leading counsel, and Nicola Peart has been ranked again as an associate to watch.


Chambers highlights the firm’s “excellent credentials in high-stakes investment treaty work and commercial arbitration matters” and notes that they offer “substantial experience acting for global corporations as well as sovereign states”.

One source emphasises the firm’s “remarkable ability to handle complex matters, including multiple stakeholders with various interests” and another states that “there is no other firm like Three Crowns in the market, they are outstanding”. Clients also highlight the quality of the team, noting that the firm is “very selective about who they choose to be part of their team; they balance quality, expertise and individual aspects that make each member of their team stand out” and that “they have a team whose members complement each other, providing the needed balance between depth and breadth”.



Luke continues to be highly ranked in this year’s guide. Chambers emphasises that he “counsels high-profile clients across big-ticket commercial and investment treaty arbitrations”. One source describes Luke as “a great leader, who has put Three Crowns at the highest level in the United States and abroad” with another highlighting that he is “a very knowledgeable individual, who is meticulous in his approach and his attention to detail”. Luke is a founding partner of Three Crowns and represents private and sovereign clients in some of their most significant commercial, investor-State, and inter-State arbitrations. His practice spans the technology, energy, and financial sectors and includes successfully prosecuting one of the largest ICC cases in history.


Liz maintains her ranking in the guide, which highlights that she is “particularly well regarded for her expertise in the energy and mining sector”. Sources emphasise that Liz is “very mindful of what she says and how she says it, which is great – it’s a very meticulous style and she is good in her presentations” and that she is “a very thoughtful lawyer”. Liz, a partner in the Washington, DC office, has more than two decades of experience as an advocate and adviser in international arbitration matters. She has acted in arbitrations around the world, with notable experience of disputes arising in Africa, India, and Asia. Liz has particular expertise handling disputes involving States and State entities and fiscal disputes under long-term contracts. Her practice is a mix of commercial and investment treaty arbitration, with a focus on the upstream energy, power, and mining sectors.


Nicola continues her ranking in this year’s guide. Chambers highlights that she has “notable experience handling commercial and investment treaty arbitrations” and a source emphasises that she “prepares and presents flawlessly”, noting that she “is extremely composed on her feet and establishes tremendous credibility”. Another highlights that Nicola is “technically sound and able to explain technical scientific phenomenon”. Nicola is a Barrister in the Washington, DC office. Her experience includes international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, as well as arbitration under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and proceedings before the International Court of Justice.

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