George Lambrou


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George is a Solicitor Advocate and international arbitration specialist. His focus is on insurance, energy, maritime, construction and investment treaty arbitration. A practical, commercial lawyer, he is well regarded as finding cost effective, innovative solutions to complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.

George is one of only very few non-Russian international dispute resolution specialists who speaks Russian fluently and has extensive commercial and legal experience in Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, and Central Asia. He is also a fluent Greek speaker.

In addition to his dispute resolution work, George is also regularly appointed as an arbitrator and has experience sitting on ICSID, ICC and LMAA tribunals.


Prior to joining Thomas Cooper, George was instrumental in setting up the Institute of European Law within the legal faculty at MGIMO in Moscow. He has been an advisor to the Government of Kyrgyzstan on international trade legislation, has worked for the US Department of Commerce on investment and trade issues in Russia, and the US Department of Energy under the US – Russia Highly Enriched Uranium Agreement.

He has degrees from the University of Chicago, Boston College and an LLM in maritime and international arbitration law from Queen Mary, University of London.

He is Fellow the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and an approved instructor for its International Arbitration course. He is an Honorary Member of the Institute of Charterers Shipbrokers, and Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA).

George Lambrou attracts particular attention for his experience acting as counsel to shipping companies involved in London arbitration proceedings. He knows what to fight and what not to fight in order to achieve the best results, says one client, while another describes him as quick, efficient and practical.
2017 Chambers Global
George Lambrou is highly knowledgeable in matters pertaining to shipping disputes, including international arbitration. Sources say: “He is very solution-oriented and to the point: he can overcome any dead end. He tries to accommodate clients’ wishes, even when it seems near impossible.
2016 Chambers Europe
George Lambrou clearly has a wealth of experience. He has a very good grasp of trade in general, not just shipping, say market commentators...
Chambers Global 2014
George Lambrou is great: he finds innovative, cost-effective solutions to complex international disputes...  
Legal 500 EMEA 2014