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Bertie Rooke

Bertie is a dispute resolution lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on commercial disputes and arbitration.

Expertise

Bertie trained and qualified at Gowling WLG (UK) LLP with their commercial litigation group. Bertie joins Hausfeld from US firm Dorsey & Whitney (Europe) LLP. He has predominantly worked on large High Court litigation and international investment-treaty arbitration.

Clients

Bertie has acted on several high-value claims. His clients have included insurance companies, music publishing companies and Sovereign States.   

Practice Areas

Commercial Disputes

Prior to joining Hausfeld, Bertie was a member of the legal teams that worked on the following cases:

  • Slater & Gordon (UK) 1 Limited v. Watchstone Group PLC (CL-2017-000348): Acted for Watchstone as the Defendant in a claim arising from the Claimant’s £637m acquisition in May 2015 of the Professional Services Division (PSD) of Quindell PLC (subsequently renamed Watchstone). The claim settled prior to trial.

Arbitration

  • Albaniabeg Ambient Sh.p.k, M. Angelo Novelli and Costruzioni S.r.l. v. Republic of Albania (ICSID Case No. ARB/14/26): Acted for the Republic of Albania as the Respondent in this investment treaty arbitration. The subject of dispute was an alleged breach of a concession agreement for a waste management and renewable energy production project in Albania.
  • Hydro S.r.l and Others v Republic of Albania (ICSID Case No. ARB/15/28): Acted for the Republic of Albania in this linked investment treaty arbitration. The dispute involved investments in the construction of a hydroelectric power plant, renewable energy investments and a television company. It also involved criminal proceedings brought against two of the Claimants for multiple charges including falsifying documents and money laundering.

What Others Say

The Lawyer

Bertie was part of the legal team that worked on Slater & Gordon (UK) 1 Limited v. Watchstone Group PLC (CL-2017-000348). The proceedings received substantial press coverage, including as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2019.

Education

Legal Practice Course, The University of Law, London
Graduate Diploma in Law, Oxford Brookes University
BA (Hons) History, University of Bristol

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England and Wales, 2016

Affiliations & Memberships

Member - Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Member - London Solicitor Litigation Association

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