Vanessa Naish#5268

Vanessa Naish

Vanessa is the Arbitration Practice Manager and a Professional Support Consultant at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, working with clients and colleagues globally on complex issues relating to arbitration, dispute resolution and the enforcement of arbitral awards and judgments. She also advises on public international law, in particular on state immunity, investment protection and investor-state dispute settlement. Vanessa is an editor of the firm’s arbitration and PIL blogs and an author and editor of various other internal and external publications.

Vanessa also supports the management of Herbert Smith Freehills’ global arbitration practice in business planning and strategy development. Vanessa's particular areas of interest include alternative fee arrangements, difficult legal issues arising out of the complex interactions of multiple laws and arbitral procedure.

Contributed to


Cybersecurity in international arbitration
Cybersecurity in international arbitration
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the issue of cybersecurity (cyber-security or cyber security) in international arbitration proceedings. The Practice Note provides an introduction to cybercrime (cyber-crime or cyber crime) (eg hacking) and cybersecurity in arbitral proceedings, considers the importance of cybersecurity in arbitral proceedings, the potential targets of cyberattacks (cyber-attacks or cyber attacks) in arbitration, the perpetrators of cyberattacks in arbitration (and cyber threats, cyber-threats) and the potential consequences of cyberattacks in arbitration. The Practice Note also considers where the responsibility lies for dealing with (managing, providing for, taking account of) cybersecurity in international arbitration as well as the steps (procedures and processes) that may be appropriate to take to combat cyberattacks (increase cybersecurity) in arbitration proceedings. The Practice Note also considers some of the developments in this field of practice, including draft and final protocols on cybersecurity in international arbitration.

Practice Area


  • Consulting Editorial Board
  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2005


  • IBA: membership of Arbitration Committee, International Trade and Women Lawyers
  • Arbitral Women
  • Member of the Law Society’s Trade in Legal Services Working Party


  • City LPC, BPP Law School (Distinction) (2002)
  • PGDL Oxford Brookes University (First class) (2001)


  • MA, Clare College, University of Cambridge, (First class) 2000

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