Patrick Taylor


Patrick Taylor is based in the London and Paris offices of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, and serves as Co-Head of the firm’s successful Africa Practice Group. 

Qualified in England & Wales and Ireland as a solicitor and solicitor-advocate, Mr Taylor has advised and represented both corporate and sovereign clients in international arbitration disputes throughout the world—although  most frequently in Africa, Europe, Russia and the CIS and, increasingly, in Latin America. Mr Taylor’s practice has principally focused on ultra-high value commercial and investment arbitration, with particular experience in the upstream oil & gas, energy and telecommunications sectors, as well as tax-related disputes.

Apart from his impressive representative work, Mr Taylor has developed a reputation as a thought leader in the field of international law through his membership in the IBA Arb40 Arbitration Subcommittee, leading a project on ethics in arbitration; and he currently serves as a member of the IBA’s Investment Arbitration Subcommittee and a contributor to the IBA Arbitration Committee’s task force on Restructuring and Insolvency in Arbitration, for which he produced and submitted a review of the relationship between insolvency and arbitration in England & Wales. During the reporting period, Mr Taylor has also authored a chapter on how cultural differences can impact international arbitration for the Stockholm Arbitration Yearbook.