Noah Stewart-Ornstein

Partner Litigation
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


Noah Stewart-Ornstein’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on joint venture and shareholder disputes, complex contractual claims and litigation with a fraud element. Noah has acted in matters before all major arbitral institutions and Courts of all levels in England and Wales, including the Supreme Court, as well as a number of foreign courts. Noah also has significant experience with obtaining interim relief, including pre-action disclosure and freezing orders, and in acting as coordinating counsel for multijurisdictional matters and assisting clients to develop and implement cross-border litigation strategies.

Noah is ranked in Chambers and Partners for Commercial Litigation and described as "very thorough, very enthusiastic and all over the detail" and as "a formidable lawyer with an amazing ability to digest complex bundles of information and a very good tactical approach [who] fiercely protects his clients' interests and is always thinking about the best way forward". The Legal 500 ranks Noah as a key lawyer in Kirkland’s London litigation department and describes him as a “stand out associate” that is “destined for partnership”.

Before joining Kirkland, Noah practiced at a leading London litigation boutique and completed a commercial pupillage at eminent commercial barristers’ chambers Essex Court Chambers, Fountain Court and 4 Pump Court as a Harold G Fox Scholar. Before coming to the UK, Noah served as a judicial law clerk to the judges of the British Columbia Court of Appeal.


Thought Leadership


2022 Arbitration Year in Review”, Practical Law Arbitration Blog (4 January 2023) (with Ed Mort)

2021 Arbitration Year in Review”, Practical Law Arbitration Blog (24 December 2021) (with Harkiran Hothi)

2020 Arbitration Year in Review”, Practical Law Arbitration Blog (23 December 2020) (with Harkiran Hothi)

Arbitrating oppression: Fulham, Dickson and the unfair prejudice remedy”, Practical Law Arbitration Blog (24 April 2020)

2019 Arbitration Year in Review”, Practical Law Arbitration Blog (17 December 2019) (with Harkiran Hothi)

Memorials v pleadings: how to pick the winning approach for your arbitration”, Practical Law Arbitration Blog (9 May 2019) (with Chiraag Shah)

“What will be the impact of a no-deal Brexit on civil judicial cooperation between the UK and EU?”, Corporate Disputes Magazine (April–June 2019) (with Harkiran Hothi)

Court of Appeal Issues Landmark Ruling on Privilege in Internal Investigations”, Corporate Disputes Magazine (January–March 2019) (with Chiraag Shah)

2018 Arbitration Year in Review”, Practical Law Arbitration Blog (19 December 2018) (with Harkiran Hothi)

No Oral Variation Clauses are Effective, Supreme Court Clarifies”, Practical Law Dispute Resolution Blog (5 June 2018) 

Confirmed: foreign act of state doctrine applies in English arbitrations”, Practical Law Arbitration Blog (22 May 2018)

A Light at the End of the Tunnel for Internal Investigation Privilege?”, Corporate Disputes Magazine (April–June 2018)

Don’t get stuck in the penalty box – the world post-Makdessi”, Corporate Disputes Magazine (January-March 2018)

2017 Arbitration Year in Review”, Practical Law Arbitration Blog (20 December 2017)

Update on the European Commission’s Drive for Investment Courts”, Practical Law Arbitration Blog (2 November 2017) (with Philipp Kurek)

The Final Chapter in the ‘Rainy Sky’ Trilogy?”, Corporate Disputes Magazine (July–September 2017)

Sophisticated Buyers Rebuffed, in Landmark LIBOR Mis-Selling Claim”, Compliance Monitor, Vol 29, Issue 7, (April 2017) (with James le Galais)


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015, Law Society of Upper Canada (Barrister and Solicitor)


  • University of British ColumbiaJ.D.2014

    Panvini Scholarship

    Law Foundation Award

    Superior Courts Judges’ Award

    Thorsteinssons Prize in Tax Law

    Richard T Israel QC Award

  • Concordia UniversityB.A.2011