James specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration proceedings.
He has 15 years’ experience handling complex, high-value international disputes, often involving States or state-owned entities. He has been recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ in international arbitration in the Legal 500 UK directory for 2021 and by Best Lawyers Russia for International Arbitration for 2022.
He has represented clients in arbitrations conducted pursuant to all major international rules (including the LCIA, ICC, SCC and ICSID Rules and the Energy Charter Treaty), and in ad hoc arbitrations (including pursuant to the UNCITRAL Rules, the LMAA Terms and national legislation).
He also advises as to suitable dispute resolution regimes and investment protection strategies for major energy & infrastructure and natural resources projects.
James is admitted to practice in England & Wales and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). He is also a registered foreign attorney in Russia, and is on the panel of arbitrators for the Russian Arbitration Center and the Asian International Arbitration Centre.