Noah Stewart-Ornstein

Associate Litigation
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP


Noah Stewart-Ornstein is an associate in Kirkland & Ellis’s London International Arbitration and Litigation Group.

Noah maintains a broad practice across all aspects of litigation and arbitration, with experience 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’s experience covers a broad range of industries and types of dispute with a particular emphasis on joint venture and shareholder disputes, complex contractual claims and litigation with a fraud element. 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.

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”.

Prior to 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.

Prior to moving to the UK, Noah spent 12 months as a judicial law clerk to the judges of the British Columbia Court of Appeal.


Thought Leadership


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)


  • The 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