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Athena Markides

Call 2011

International Arbitration

Athena has been instructed as a junior and as sole counsel in domestic and international mediations and arbitrations. Her work in this field generally involves construction, infrastructure and energy projects as well as related insurance disputes.

Between 2014 and 2018, Athena worked on a multi-million pound arbitration to determine liability and quantum following early termination of an East Africa construction project. This claim included complex delay analysis, and consideration of the operation and effect of time becoming “at large”.

Since 2018, Athena has been involved in several claims concerning projects in the Middle East. These include:

  • A multi-million pound ICC arbitration arising from a fire at an oil refinery in the Middle East. Middle Eastern seat and substantive law of the Middle Eastern state. Two week evidential hearing (led by Crispin Winser).
  • A multi-million pound ICC arbitration relating to the construction of an international airport. Middle Eastern seat and substantive law of the Middle Eastern state.
  • A multi-million pound LCIA arbitration relating to an oil and gas project in the Middle East (led by Crispin Winser).

Selected Cases

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  • Lincolns Inn BPTC Lord Denning Scholarship (2010)
  • Lincolns Inn Hardwicke Entrance Award (2009)
  • Cambridge European Trusts Scholarship (2009)
  • Trinity Hall Dr Cooper Law Studentship (2009)
  • Trinity Hall Alan King-Hamilton Bursary for Excellence (2009)
  • Winner of the Cambridge University De Smith Mooting Competition (2009)
  • Winner of the Trinity Hall Law Society Moot (2006 & 2009)



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  • BA (Hons), University of Cambridge (2005 – 2009)
  • Erasmus Exhange, Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands (2007 – 2008)
  • LLM, University of Cambridge (2009 – 2010)
  • BPTC, BPP Law School (2010 – 2011)


  • PNBA
  • PIBA
  • European Circuit

Athena is also an elected member of the Bar Council and a member of the Young Bar Committee and EU Law Committee.

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