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Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall
Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall

Andrew de Lotbinière McDougall


Andrew McDougall QC is a partner in the International Arbitration Practice and a member of the Firm's elected Partnership Committee. He serves on the Firm's Global Women's Initiative Committee and formerly served as chair of the EMEA Operations Council and head of the EMEA Disputes Section.


Andrew is regarded as one of the "outstanding individuals at the firm" "who are all recognized as pre-eminent figures in construction and arbitration matters," and he "receives recommendations from market commentators across Europe and North America for his excellent work handling joint venture, energy, M&A and IP disputes" (Who's Who Legal 2019). A UK newspaper said, "The QC is widely regarded as one of Europe’s finest legal minds and his integrity is unimpeachable" (The Independent 2020). He is "extremely sharp regarding legal issues" (Chambers 2020) and "is a key figure in the firm's commercial arbitration practice" and "has an increasingly prominent profile in the market and has experience in high-value energy sector mandates" (Chambers 2019). He "wins plaudits from interviewees for his broad commercial disputes practice" "and offers a wealth of experience in the natural resources, construction, M&A and IP space" (Chambers 2019). Andrew "stands out as a 'powerhouse counsel' who is 'smart, measured and trusted' in major international disputes. His broad experience spans the construction, energy and mining industries" (Who's Who Legal 2019).


Andrew is especially known for his advocacy skills. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel, is a trustee and former chair of the Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy's Executive Committee, is a trustee and former recipient of the Fox Scholarship at Middle Temple, and received A+ and the prize for Trial Advocacy in law school. "Sources praise his advocacy skills and report that he is 'one of the bright stars' in this area" (Chambers 2019), with a source commenting that "one of the best cross-examinations I have ever seen was done by him" (Chambers 2018). "Charismatic and persuasive" (Who's Who Legal 2018), Andrew is noted for "show[ing] great determination to understand the merits of a case, and provid[ing] excellent support and guidance to all witnesses" (Legal 500 2018).


Andrew represents Canada on the ICC Court, is a member of the ICC Institute, ICC Commission, ICC Canada, and ICC France, and served on the ICC Task Force on Emergency Arbitrator Proceedings. He is also on the Rosters of Arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the ICDR. Andrew has taught international arbitration at Université Paris 1, the University of Ottawa, and the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations and has taught international arbitration advocacy for 15 years. Andrew is co-author of A Practical Guide to International Arbitration (Juris, 2020).


Andrew is also Special Counsel to Canadian law firm Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall (White & Case LLP and Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l. are not associated firms).