Katrina Limond


Katrina advises on investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations, public international law and business & human rights.

She has acted for a wide range of global clients including States, companies and international organisations, particularly in Europe, South East Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Katrina has experience as counsel and advocate in multi-jurisdictional arbitration proceedings under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICC, CIArb, SCC, SIAC and LMAA Rules, and specialised experience in the energy, telecommunications, extractive industries, intellectual property and technology sectors.

Katrina is recognised as a Rising Star for Public International Law by Legal 500 and is ranked as a Future Leader in Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal for 2024. She is a regular speaker on the arbitration circuit (for example at London and Istanbul International Disputes Week, at the Law Society of England & Wales, the Swiss Arbitration Innovation Conference, the University of Hamburg and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators), especially for issues relating to technology and artificial intelligence (AI) and arbitration-related court matters. She regularly publishes on commercial arbitration issues, including on the use of AI for evidential purposes for Global Arbitration Review, and UNCITRAL’s model dispute resolution clauses for technology disputes.

She has experience in English Court litigation, including in arbitration-related court proceedings before the Commercial Court and Supreme Court.

She writes and speaks regularly on international arbitration, the intersection with technology and AI, public international law, and business & human rights.

She is a member of various professional associations, including the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG), ICC Young Arbitrators Forum and Young ICCA. Currently, she is a regional representative for YIAG (the under-40s arm of the LCIA) and from 2021-2023, was the UK Chair for the Young ITA, the under-40s branch of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Katrina is a native English speaker who also speaks French.


Representative matters

A multinational company in UNCITRAL proceedings arising out of its business in a South East Asian State.

A Middle Eastern State in ICSID proceedings concerning the application of sanctions against sanctioned entities by local financial institutions.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in ICSID proceedings brought by Turkish construction company DSG Yapi, arising out of a terminated construction contract on a complex infrastructure project.

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan in two UNCITRAL arbitrations brought by Mr Ali Allawi and the Progas group of companies and related enforcement and challenge proceedings before the UK courts.

Pro bono

Working with a UK based NGO and a US-based justice initiative to research accountability options for international crimes committed in Syria in national courts of six jurisdictions

Member of A&O Shearman Business & Human Rights Working Group since April 2015

Appealing to the Privy Council to challenge a Jamaican Court of Appeal non-capital criminal sentence

Published Work

  • The ICJ and the climate crisis - what an advisory opinion could mean for international law and co-operation, LexisNexis, April 2023
  • UNCITRAL’s new draft model clauses target technology disputes, Allen & Overy, March 2023 
  • Enforcement of arbitration awards against States - court documents must be served through diplomatic channels, Allen & Overy, Nov 2021
  • Which law governs an arbitration agreement where the governing law of the main contract and the seat of arbitration do not match? Allen & Overy, April 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaking on simplification and cost reduction in the arbitral process and how AI can play its part at Niederer Kraft Frey, ASA Arbitration Conference, January 2024
  • Moderated a world café style session on deepfakes in arbitration at the ASA Swiss Arbitration Innovation conference, Feb 2024.
  • Speaking at CIArb and Trialview event on AI uses in arbitration, November 2023
  • Speaking at ICC YAF event on illegality and corruption at the post-award phase, June 2023

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Regional Representative for the London Court of International Arbitration’s (LCIA) Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG)
  • Young ITA Regional Chair for the UK 2021-2023
Rising Star for Public International Law
Legal 500 2024
Future Leader in Arbitration
Who’s Who Legal 2024



Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2014


M.A. (Hons), University of Cambridge, Clare College, Law, 2010, 1st class

Licence III, Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), French Law, 2009

Legal Practice Course, The College of Law, London, 2012, Distinction


English, French, Spanish
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.