James is a partner in the firm’s international arbitration group specializing in international commercial arbitration, public international law and investment arbitration. He is ranked in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018 as a “Future Leader”, in Expert Guides Rising Stars for International Arbitration 2017, in The Legal 500 UK 2018 and has been ranked in Global Arbitration Review, Chambers UK for International Arbitration and in Euromoney’s World’s Leading Experts for Commercial Arbitration.

    James has over 15 years of experience and has been counsel in over 40 international arbitrations, including several where the amount in dispute exceeded US$1 billion and where he led or co-led the team and conducted the advocacy. He has also been appointed to sit as an arbitrator.

    James has significant experience acting for governments, international organizations and multinationals in arbitrations administered under the rules of all major institutions, as well as in ad hoc proceedings under a wide variety of applicable laws.

    He has worked extensively with clients in both Latin America and Asia Pacific and has a particular focus on disputes in the energy sector. James frequently represents and advises clients on investment treaty disputes and on public international law.

    James is an English qualified barrister with full rights of audience before all English courts.  He appears frequently as an advocate before international arbitral tribunals (in procedural and merits hearings) and the English High Court.

    He is the author of several publications and has given numerous presentations on public international law and international arbitration, and was previously at one of the world’s leading international arbitration practices.

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    • Representing an Asian buyer in a multibillion-dollar dispute under a long-term LNG supply agreement.
    • Advising on a US$1 billion energy dispute subject to arbitration under the Arbitration Rules of South East Asian institution between a state-owned oil company and a multinational.
    • Representing and counselling a Middle Eastern state in a series of public international law disputes under peace and economic development treaties relating to electricity, customs tariffs and taxation. The disputes are subject to ad hoc inter-state arbitration.
    • Representing a major multinational in relation to public international law claims, including under the Energy Charter Treaty, against an Eastern European State.
    • Sole advocate in a four-day merits hearing in a London-seated LCIA arbitration involving disputes arising out of share sale and purchase agreement concerning an Irish company in the aeronautical sector.
    • Representing a Middle Eastern consultant in a Swiss-seated ICC arbitration against a Greek construction company arising out of a project to build a power station. 
    • Representing a leading steel conglomerate in relation to investment treaty claims arising out of an investment in southern Europe. 
    • Representing a Chinese technology company in a HKIAC arbitration governed by PRC law.
    • Conducting the advocacy in a jurisdictional challenge to a London-seated ICC arbitral award in Telecom of Kosovo v Dardafon [2017] EWHC 1326 (Comm).
    • Conducting the advocacy in a leading English High Court decision on challenges to arbitrators under the IBA Rules on Conflicts of Interest in International Arbitration: Sierra Fishing v. Farran [2015] EWHC 140 (Comm), [2015] 1 All ER (Comm).
    • Representing a multinational energy company in an ICC arbitration concerning the construction of an FPSO in South East Asia.
    • Advising a state in relation to potential claims before the International Court of Justice.
    • Representing a US aerospace and defence multinational in two parallel US$250 million ICC arbitrations governed by Spanish law concerning disputes under a joint venture agreement with a Spanish company.
    • Representing a Latin American state in a HKIAC arbitration concerning disputes arising out of the purchase of a ship by the navy from a PRC shipbuilding yard.
    • Representing an international organization in an ICC arbitration concerning disputes under an agreement with a consortium of companies in the transport sector.
    • Conducting the advocacy on behalf of a third-party witness compelled to attend a London-seated arbitration pursuant to s. 43 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
    • Representing the official Chinese-appointed administrator in several London-seated arbitrations, involving complex questions of law under the Cross Border Insolvency Regulation and impact of Chinese court decisions.
    • Representing a Middle East client in a Swiss-seated ICC arbitration relating to a power station construction.
    • Representing a South East Asian brewery in disputes arising under the France-Singapore BIT.
    • Advising a leading South East Asian conglomerate on the legal effect of several BITs in relation to its planned investment structuring in the region.
    • Advising several clients on investment protection structuring and remedies, including the material and temporal scope of dozens of BITs worldwide.
    • Representing a European shipping company in an ad hoc UNCITRAL arbitration concerning disputes arising out of the financing of a US$75 million acquisition.
    • Representing a leading Indonesian conglomerate in a US$1 billion contentious restructuring: Re Indah Kiat International Finance Company BV [2016] EWHC 246 (Ch).

    Education

    • University of Cambridge, Selwyn College, M.A., 1999
    • Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course, 2000

    Admissions

    • England and Wales (barrister), 2001

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • MCIArb 
    • International Chamber of Commerce 
    • London Court of International Arbitration 
    • International Bar Association
    • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group 
    • ICC Young Arbitrators Forum 
    • British Institute of International and Comparative Law

    Languages

    • English
    • Portuguese
    • Recognised by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2018 as a “Future Leader”
    • Recommended in Expert Guides Rising Stars for International Arbitration 2017
    • Listed as a recommended lawyer in Global Arbitration Review
    • Listed in The Legal 500 UK for International Arbitration
    • Ranked in Chambers UK for International Arbitration 
    • Ranked in Euromoney’s World’s Leading Experts for Commercial Arbitration 
    • Recommended in Euromoney’s Rising Stars for International Arbitration 

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    Publications

    • “The ‘Automatic’ Enforcement of ICSID Awards: The Elephant in the Room,” The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review, GAR, 2014.
    • “Challenges to, and Replacement of, Arbitrators.” In Lew, J., Bor, H., Fullelove, G., Greenaway, J., (eds.), Arbitration in England, Kluwer, 2013.
    • “Degrees of Immunity: A Lesson from the Privy Council,” The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review, GAR, 2013.
    • “Lost in Translation? The Independence of Experts under the 2010 IBA Rules,” The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review, GAR, 2012.
    • “Economic Sanctions Laws: the European Union and the United States,” a chapter published in the SFO’s Guide, Serious Economic Crime: A Boardroom Guide to Prevention and Compliance, 2011.
    • “Bribery and International Arbitration,” The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review, GAR, 2011.
    • “Perspectives from Europe: A Pan-European Tour of a Changing Landscape,” chapter in Product Liability, Cantor, R., (ed.), ABA Publishing, 2011.
    • “European Law and International Arbitration,” The European and Middle Eastern Arbitration Review, GAR, 2010.
    • “Future of Class Actions in the European Union,” The John Liner Review, Vol. 23, No. 3, Fall 2009.
    • “European Perspectives on Product Liability,” The John Liner Review, Vol. 23, No. 2, Summer 2009.
    • Numerous client alerts on International Arbitration and Public International Law.

    Presentations

    • “Emergency Arbitrators: A Panacea?,” MENA Young Arbitrators Conference, Dubai, November 2015.
    • “How to Avoid Detrimental Use of Procedural Mechanisms in International Arbitration,” ICC, Young Arbitrators Forum, Rio de Janeiro, May 2015.
    • “Building Blocks of a Successful International Arbitration Career,” ICC, Young Arbitrators Forum seminar, London, April 2013.
    • “Enforcement of ICSID Awards,” Fifth Annual Seminar of the Office of the Attorney General, Quito, October 2012.
    • “The U.K. Bribery Act: What Brazilian Clients Need to Know,” São Paulo, December 2011.
    • “Investment Arbitration: What Brazilian Clients Need to Know,” São Paulo, December 2011.
    • “New U.K. Bribery Law: Are You Ready?” Strafford seminar, February 2011.
    • International Investment Arbitration: Opportunities for Brazilian Investors, São Paulo, December 2010.
    • “Recent Developments in Pre-Appointment Disclosure Obligations of Arbitrators,” International Chamber of Commerce, Young Arbitrators Forum seminar, London, October 2009.
    • “Cross-Examination in International Arbitration,” DIS 40 (German Arbitration Association), Frankfurt, September 2009.
    • “Witness Examination in International Arbitration,” DIS 40 (German Arbitration Association), Dusseldorf, May 2009.
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