Ms. Leah Ratcliff is an of counsel at Jones Day. She is a leading dispute resolution practitioner with over 15 years’ experience of acting in and advising on complex cross border disputes. Her practice encompasses disputes management and avoidance, international arbitration, litigation, regulatory investigations, crisis and risk management and governance.
Between 2015 and 2019, Ms. Ratcliff was Head of Dispute Resolution at BHP, one of the worlds’ leading energy and resources companies, where she managed complex disputes and regulatory matters across four continents.
Prior to that, Ms. Ratcliff was a member of leading dispute resolution practices in London, Sydney and Washington DC. Her particular areas of focus included: (i) disputes and contentious regulatory matters in the energy and resources sector in Australia and internationally; (ii) joint venture disputes, including disputes arising in relation to incorporated and unincorporated joint ventures; (iii) institutional and ad hoc international arbitration (ICC, SIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ACICA rules); and (iv) management of business risks related to emerging markets.
Ms. Ratcliff holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honors from the University of Adelaide and an LLM in international legal studies from Georgetown University. At Georgetown she won the Chetwood Prize for having the best academic record leading to that degree. She is admitted to practice law in Australia and New York.