Céline Barnwell


Céline Barnwell


Céline’s legal career began at international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, where her work in jurisdictions such as Hong Kong and the UAE saw her advise a multitude of high-profile clients in the Energy & Environment and Oil & Gas sectors. After being recruited into the world-renowned Global Disputes practice at Jones Day, Céline acted in various complex litigation and arbitration matters before the High Court, DIFC, ICC and LCIA and was made a Senior Associate in less than 3 years.

Joining Pogust Goodhead in 2020, Céline immediately oversaw the firm’s successful CPR 52.30 application on Município de Mariana v BHP Group UK Ltd and BHP Group Ltd; a seminal decision that saw a panel of Court of Appeal judges re-open the proceedings. Now a Partner, Céline continues to lead the case from Brazil where she is principally responsible for this and other critically important matters for the firm.

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Litigation
Group Litigation
Environmental Law
Complex, Multi-Jurisdictional Disputes
International Arbitration
Energy and Natural Resources
Construction Disputes
Civil Fraud
Joint Venture and Shareholder Disputes


Senior Associate (Global Disputes), Jones Day, 2014-2020
Associate (Dispute Resolution), Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, 2012-2014
SOAS University of London
BPP Law School


Chinese Mandarin


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