George Lambrou

Partner

Emergency Response

Expertise

George specialises in international commercial litigation as a solicitor before the English High Court, and in international arbitration before the ICC, LCIA, LMAA and ICSID. Primarily an advocate, he occasionally also sits as an arbitrator.

His focus is on insurance, energy, maritime, construction and investment treaty arbitration. A practical, commercial lawyer, he is well regarded as finding 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.

In addition to Russian, George is also fluent in Greek.

Career

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 a Supporting Member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Member of the Court of Arbitration to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic, and is a member of the Russian Arbitration Association.


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 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 Global Chambers
George Lambrou is highly knowledgeable in matters pertaining to shipping disputes, including international arbitration. Sources say: “He is very solution-orientated and to the point: he can overcome any dead end. He tries to accommodate clients’ wishes, even when it seems near impossible.”
2016 Legal 500
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