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Member of the Quebec Bar since 2008
Solicitor of England and Wales since 2012
Member of the Paris Bar since 2016

Languages: French, English, Spanish

Sara’s practice focuses on international arbitration as well as commercial litigation.

Before joining the Woods team, Sara worked for many years in the London and Paris offices of two major international law firms, where she gained extensive experience acting as counsel in complex commercial cross-border litigations and arbitrations, public international law disputes and investor-state arbitrations.  Sara has acted as counsel in both commercial and investment arbitration proceedings relating to the fields of energy (including oil and gas), telecommunications, construction, mining, and the pharmaceutical industry.  She has experience of both ad hoc and institutional proceedings conducted under the auspices of the rules of the main arbitral institutions (ICC, LCIA, SCC, ICSID, UNCITRAL), and governed by a variety of procedural and substantive laws.  Sara has also acted in matters of public international law, including as counsel for the Government of South Sudan in the context of its secession from the Republic of Sudan.  Her experience also includes advising clients and acting in the context of State court proceedings relating to complex and often cross-border commercial disputes.

In addition to her experience of contentious matters, Sara also regularly gives strategic advice in relation to pre-contentious matters, including for the design, negotiation, drafting and implementation of dispute resolution agreements.

Sara is recognised by the ranking Who’s Who Legal as one of the “Future Leaders” in the field of arbitration.  She has authored many publications on the subject, and is regularly invited to give conferences.  She has also taught international commercial arbitration at Queen Mary University in London.  Sara is a member of numerous professional associations, and is also a founding member of the International Arbitration Charity Ball.


2007, McGill University, B.C.L./LL.B: Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws

2009, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London (UK), Masters of Law (LL.M)


Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders – Arbitration 2017
London School of Economics and Political Sciences, Recipient of the “Essex Court Prize for International Business Law” (Highest cumulative average)
Honorable mentions for individual pleadings at various mooting competitions (Charles Rousseau in public international law and Willem C. Vis in international commercial arbitration)
McGill University, Recipient of the “James of McGill, Certificate of Merit” Scholarship for High Academic Standing


Cambridge Arbitration Day, Cambridge University (UK) March 2016, ICC YAF

ICC YAF, December 2015, London (UK), Retrospective on the year 2015

Top 40 under 40, Berlin (Germany), Moderator of round table on the interaction between national courts and arbitral tribunals

ICCA, The Elusive Standard of Proof in International Arbitration, ICCA Series, Co-author with Jennifer Smith

OGEMID, Arbitrators and corrupt practices

Teaching Queen Mary Summer School for Hamline University - Certificate Programme in Global Arbitration Law and Practice, July 2011 and July 2012

Sara Nadeau-Séguin, “When Bankruptcy and Arbitration Meet: A Look at Recent ICC Practice”, (2011) Dispute Resolution International, 5

IBA Conference, October 2010, Conference on Arbitration and Bankruptcy

Sara Nadeau-Séguin and Ania Farren, Enforcement of the LCIA Award in Elektrim v Vivendi, Practical Law Company, December 2009 



2016   Paris Bar
2012   Solicitor of England and Wales
2008  Québec Bar
Canadian Bar Association
Young Bar Association of Montreal
Arbitral Women