Gisèle Stephens-Chu, Founder

Gisèle has over sixteen years’ experience in international dispute resolution, in London and in Paris. Before founding the firm, Gisèle was a Counsel in the international arbitration group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, a leading international firm.

Skilled in resolving the most complex disputes, Gisèle is recognised for her strong commercial and client focus. She has acted for corporations and States or State-owned entities in over 40 disputes, often involving high value claims, in many jurisdictions in Africa, Europe and elsewhere. A dual- qualified French Avocate à la Cour and English Solicitor Advocate, she has handled significant matters and arbitrations under English law, French law and other common law and civil law systems. A native speaker of English and French, she argues cases in both languages and also speaks fluent Spanish and some German. 

Gisèle’s experience spans a range of industry sectors, with particular expertise in oil and gas and power and infrastructure. She was previously a Board member for the Paris Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy.

An advocate for diversity in the field of dispute resolution, Gisèle was elected to the Board of ArbitralWomen for 2020-2022, and is a member of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge Steering Committee.

Recognised as a Future Leader by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration for several years running, Gisèle has taught courses at Paris II and the EFB Investment Arbitration Program, and regularly publishes and speaks on international arbitration and international law.

In addition to her counsel work, Gisèle accepts appointments as arbitrator.


  • University of Cambridge, UK (MA (Hons) in Law
  • Université de Poitiers, France (Licence de droit)

Professional qualifications

  • Avocate à la Cour (Paris Bar)
  • Solicitor-Advocate (civil) (England & Wales)
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Gisele Stephens-Chu exhibits a “tremendous grasp of theoretical aspects arising from complex quantum claims” and is highlighted as a “rising star” with a “strong commercial and client-focused approach”.
Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2021
Stephens-Chu “poetically conveys the complicated legal regime in her persuasive writings, and excels in oral advocacy, confidently knowing the key to advocacy : how and when to make the point”.
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