In the 2024 edition of The Legal 500 US, Three Crowns maintained a leading ranking for international arbitration. Luke Sobota and Liz Snodgrass continue to be recognised as “Leading Lawyers” in this year’s guide, with Scott Vesel and Agustin G. Sanz recognised as recommended lawyers. Simon Consedine and Nicola Peart have been ranked as “Rising Stars”, with Nicola joining this ranking for the first time in this edition of the guide.


The Legal 500 highlights the firm’s “extensive expertise across a mix of commercial, investor-state and state-to-state cases” and its “ability to draw on its international lawyers for additional cross-border firepower”. One source highlights the quality of the firm’s caseload, noting that “Three Crowns is active in some of the largest cases globally, few firms would have the critical mass to handle those cases—this team certainly has the capacity”.




Luke continues to be highly ranked in this year’s guide. Chambers emphasises that he “is an extremely intelligent lawyer, brilliant strategist, passionate and sophisticated advocate”. One source mentions that Luke has “the insight, courage and willingness to change course or adapt where needed”, that he is “always mindful of the bigger picture” with another highlighting that he “comes across as someone you can completely trust to pursue your case in the best possible way, he has his clients interests at heart”. 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 a “highly experienced and knowledgeable advocate; you always know Liz is in your corner and will work tirelessly in support of your objective”. Sources emphasise that Liz is “extraordinarily analytical” and that she is “is always rational, thoughtful and prepared”. 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.


Scott, a partner in the Washington, DC office, has a decade and a half of experience handling complex international investment and commercial arbitrations in the oil and gas, construction, energy, mining, gaming, defence, technology, and agribusiness sectors. In addition to his private practice in international arbitration, he has served as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of State and at an international organisation. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course on advocacy in international arbitration.


Simon is a partner in the Washington, DC office. He has significant experience in commercial arbitration and investment arbitrations, having represented clients across a wide range of sectors. Simon is recognised in Who’s Who Legal as a global leader for Arbitration, which highlights that his “analytical skills, clear communication style, and legal expertise make him a strong practitioner” and that “he has the ability to articulate issues in a clear, concise manner”, noting “he is confident and sharp”. Simon has been recognised for International Arbitration in The Legal 500 US since 2020 and clients have described him as having “formidable analytical skills and great client service”.


Agustin is a partner in the Madrid office. He has been trained in the civil law and common law traditions and has extensive experience of both international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under the rules of the major arbitral institutions and ad hoc across a variety of jurisdictions, with a particular focus on Latin America, covering a broad range of sectors including infrastructure, energy, oil & gas, public contracts, and regulated industries. Agustin also has extensive experience advising international clients in connection with local administrative and court proceedings, settlement negotiations and contract renegotiations in the context of major disputes in Latin America. Agustin also sits as arbitrator.


Nicola has moved up from Associate to Watch to Up and Coming in this year’s guide. Chambers highlights that Nicola’s “attention to detail is amazing; she grasps very technical matters and breaks them down easily” and a source emphasises that she is “tremendously responsive and highly effective, whether it be at drafting, analysis or as part of the advocacy team”. Nicola is a Barrister and Special Legal Consultant 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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