Lucian Ilie


Lucian is a barrister specialising in international law and international arbitration, with particular expertise in investor-State disputes and commercial arbitration cases. Combining experience of civil law culture with common law know-how, Lucian’s practice areas include: (i) International Arbitration (including arbitration-related litigation), (ii) International Organisations, (iii) Private and Public International Law (including rules of jurisdiction, conflict of laws, enforcement of foreign judgments/awards, State immunity, extradition, ECHR law) and (iv) International Commercial Litigation (including EU competition law issues).

Before moving to the English Bar, during almost 10 years, Lucian advised and represented parties throughout Europe, the Middle East and the CIS countries (i) in investment and commercial arbitration matters in various industry sectors (including construction, telecoms and energy) under different arbitration rules (including ICSID, UNCITRAL, PCA, SCC, ICC, LCIA and SCAI), and (ii) before a number of international courts (including the ECtHR and the ECJ). He is recognised by GAR’s Who’s Who Legal as a “Future Leader” in international arbitration, being considered in England “a well-regarded and very knowledgeable practitioner with particular expertise in investment law and intra-EU arbitration”.

Prior to joining Outer Temple Chambers, Lucian amassed a wealth of international legal experience. He was in the International Arbitration group at Reed Smith in London, and practised in Paris with Lazareff Le Bars, McDermott Will & Emery and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. He also interned with the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the European Commission in Brussels.

After successfully completing his legal education with honours in civil law and common law jurisdictions (France, Ireland and England), Lucian was admitted to practise law in France and Romania (as a member of the Paris and Bucharest Bars) and in England and Wales (first as solicitor advocate and then as barrister). Lucian is registered for direct access and qualified for litigation.

In addition to his counsel work, Lucian accepts appointments as arbitrator. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and is listed as arbitrator at several arbitration institutions, including on the Bucharest International Arbitration Court’s list of arbitrators. Lucian also maintains a keen academic interest in law, being the contributor to a number of publications, speaking regularly at conferences, and teaching on issues of arbitration, international and European law.

A dual national of France and Romania, Lucian speaks English, French and Romanian.