Steven Burkill



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Steven Burkill

Summary Open

Steven joined Watson Farley & Williams in 1998 and is head of the Bangkok Office and head of the Asia Dispute Resolution team. He specialises in international litigation and, in particular, London and Asia-based arbitrations involving oil & gas, power and large-scale project disputes. He is also highly experienced in shipping litigation involving charterparty, bill of lading, commodities and ship sale and purchase disputes. He is cited in the Asia Legal 500 and Chambers directories in years 2003 – 2010 as a leading practitioner in dispute resolution work. Steven has also sat as an arbitrator on several occasions in ICC, SIAC, TAI and ad hoc arbitrations.

Experience Open

    • UNCITRAL Commercial Arbitration in Thailand for SMI Nestle USD600 million claim and defence of USD100 million counterclaim (2008 – to present).
    • ICC Power Arbitration in Singapore for Advance Agro –v- Kvaerner USD250 million claim and USD75 million counterclaim (2001 – 2007).
    • ICC Power Arbitration for Pech-Tech of Indonesia –v- Foster Wheeler in Singapore USD300 million claim (2004-2008).
    • LCIA Oil and Gas Arbitration for Talisman/ Petronas/ PetroVietnam –v- HHI in London USD200 million claim and USD50 million counterclaim (2004-2008).
    • Appointed by ICC on telecommunications arbitration in Singapore between Motorolla and Indian Entity with USD30 million in issue (2009).
    • Appointed by Lamsoon PLC of Thailand in ICC arbitration against Malaysian power boiler provider with USD 15 million in issue (2009).
    • Appointed by Chia Meng and Bang Sue of Thailand in respect of multi-jurisdictional disputes arising from Chinese contract disputes with USD25 million in issue with proceedings in Shenzhen, Bangkok, Hong Kong and USA (2009).

Education Open

  • 1988: Chester College of Law, England LLB (hons)
  • 1987: Cambridge University, England MA (hons) History
  • 1987: Chester College of Law, England Examination Pass
  • 1986: Cambridge University, England  BA (hons) History
  • 1983: Cambridge University, England (Robinson College) Exhibition Award to read History
  • 1980-1983: Goole Grammar School 10 O’levels (7 grade A) 4 A’Levels (2As, 1B and 1C) and 2 S-Papers

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Recognised in Asia Legal 500 as Leading Dispute Resolution practitioner in Singapore between 1997 – 2001.
  • Recognised in Chambers Directory and Asia Legal 500 as a leading dispute resolution practitioner in Thailand between 2002 – 2010.
  • WFW Bangkok Office’s dispute resolution team ranked by Asia Legal 500 and by Chambers Directory as top tier for dispute resolution work and shipping work in years 2003 – 2010.
  • ALB recognised WFW as leading dispute resolution for Thailand in 2008 and 2009.

Employment Record Open


  • 1991-1993: Sinclair Roche & Temperley, London Litigation Department associate 
  • 1989-1991: Simmons and Simmons, London Trainee


  • 2001-present: Established Watson Farley & Williams, Bangkok office as its managing partner and Head of Asia Dispute Resolution Team
  • 1998-2001 Watson Farley & Williams, Singapore Partner and Head of Asia Dispute Resolution Team
  • 1997: Sinclair Roche & Temperley, Singapore Partner
  • 1993-1997: Sinclair Roche & Temperley, Singapore Associate

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