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.