Belinda L. Paisley

Belinda L. Paisley


Belinda specialises in international arbitration and, in particular in state/investor disputes. She has conducted a wide variety of high value and complex arbitration cases, under the rules of the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce, UNCITRAL, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), RADR, as well as ad hoc multi-party arbitrations.

Acting for US, Middle Eastern, and a former Russian State (a member of the CIS), she has handled cases in the energy, hotel, banking and telecommunications sectors, and has acted in many shareholder and other commercial disputes. Her recent experience includes disputes over the transfer of subsoil licenses, the interpretation of provisions in production sharing agreements, the effect and enforceability of stabilisation provisions, and breaches of other commercial agreements. She has acted in disputes arising out of Bilateral Investment Treaties and the Energy Charter Treaty before ICSID, dealing with such issues as unlawful expropriation, unfair and inequitable treatment and denial of justice.

Employment History

  • 2007 - Reed Smith
    • Currently Managing Partner of the Reed Smith Astana office (2014 to date)
    • Formerly a member of Reed Smith’s global board, the Executive Committee (2011 to 2013)
    • Former Practice Group Leader for the Commercial Disputes Group EME (2007 to 2013)
  • 1991 - Richards Butler (combined with Reed Smith in 2007)
    • Former Head of the Litigation Group

Market Recognition

Belinda is consistently ranked as a leading individual in independent legal directories, she was also included in the UK Best Lawyers 2015-2016 list.

  • "Belinda Paisley is ‘a star for investment treaty work in London'" – Legal 500 UK 2013
  • "Belinda Paisley is "phenomenal; a force of nature, very impressive and never switched off."" – Chambers UK 2014
  • ""a real force as far as the area of investor-state disputes is concerned." "Intellectually robust and tireless," she "cuts to the heart of the problem,"" – Chambers UK 2014
  • "she has "a strong reputation in the market."" – Chambers UK 2016