Cong Gao


Civil Litigation & Arbitration
+44 20 7724 4488
Chinese, English


Dr Cong Gao is a solicitor in the Civil Litigation and Arbitration team.

Cong is a dual-qualified lawyer in England and Wales and the People’s Republic of China. She joined Gherson in mid-2023.

Having gained experience at pre-eminent international law firms in both jurisdictions and been awarded a PhD in International Investment Arbitration by the University of London, Cong has a deep understanding of international dispute resolution.

Cong has a proven track record of working on complex commercial disputes from the start of her career in 2011. Cong specialises in cross-border matters and has represented a number of clients before national courts and international arbitration tribunals. She has extensive knowledge of both public and private international law and has a wealth of experience in international trade disputes, contractual disputes and regulatory investigations.

Cong has a particular interest in and knowledge of investment treaty disputes – her doctoral study was on the investor-State dispute settlement mechanisms available to foreign investors in China.

Some of the most notable cases on which Cong has been instructed (including at her previous firms) include:

  • Successfully acting for several energy companies in cross-border contractual disputes, including advocating on behalf of a photovoltaic manufacturer before the CIETAC against an Indian counterparty and enforcing the arbitration award worth several million dollars in India.
  • Representing several multinational retail chains in a number of property disputes and supply disputes in negotiation/litigation with local partners.
  • Advising Chinese multinational companies in relation to potential investment treaty disputes with host countries.
  • Advising several multinational companies in external/internal investigations involving security, bribery and corruption, anti-trust and anti-money laundering elements.
  • Cong has also contributed to the main content of GAR Investment Treaty Arbitration – China during her practice in China.

Education / professional admissions

  • 2010: Awarded the Bachelor of Laws in International Business Law at East China University of Political Science and Law
  • 2012: Awarded the Master of Laws in International Commercial Law at King’s College London
  • 2013: Admitted as a qualified lawyer in the People’s Republic of China
  • 2021: Awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
  • 2021: Admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


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