James Dingley sits within the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group and is a core member of the firm's international arbitration practice.
James has over 12 years' experience of handling complex, high-value international disputes, often involving States or State-owned entities. He advises on a range of both international commercial and investment treaty arbitration proceedings. He has particular experience of disputes in the energy & infrastructure and natural resources sectors and disputes with a connection to Africa.
He also regularly advises as to suitable dispute resolution regimes and investment protection strategies for major energy & infrastructure and natural resources projects.
- Advising a South African bank and two syndicates of lenders in a series of related arbitrations against a State-owned mining company involving complex issues of fact and law and several sets of associated applications to the English courts (LCIA arbitration, London)
- Advising a consortium of international energy companies in respect of claims totalling over US$3 billion arising under a Production Sharing Contract relating to a deepwater Oil Prospecting Licence off-shore Nigeria (ad hoc arbitration, Abuja)
- Advising two UAE investors (in the petrochemicals and tourism sectors) in separate sets of investment treaty proceedings against the Arab Republic of Egypt arising out of the expropriation of investments following the Egyptian Revolution (UAE-Egypt BIT)
- Advising an international energy company in investment treaty claims totalling over US$1.3 billion regarding the expropriation of contractual rights to a Production Sharing Contract relating to a lucrative deepwater Oil Prospecting Licence off-shore Nigeria (Netherlands-Nigeria BIT)
- Advising the contractor for a major Government IT programme and associated infrastructure in relation to potential claims arising out of contractual variations and allegations of delay
- Advising a West African bank in respect of claims totalling more than £500 million brought by a dissatisfied services provider (ad hoc arbitration, London)
- Advising a majority African State-owned mining investment vehicle in English court proceedings against a subsidiary of a major international mining company
- Advising the Government of Poland in an Energy Charter Treaty claim worth over US$400 million regarding the operation of an oil product business in Poland (SCC arbitration, Stockholm)
- Advising a UK mining company in investment treaty claims worth over US$300 million arising out of the expropriation of a gold mining licence in the Kyrgyz Republic (UK-Kyrgyz Republic BIT)
- Advising a Southern Asian fertilizer company in a series of arbitrations commenced by several dissatisfied suppliers (LMAA / LCIA arbitration, London)
- Advising the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in a dispute over a failed luxury hotel, leisure and residential venture by a foreign investor (UNCITRAL arbitration, London)
- Advising an Asian national oil company in relation to its investments and potential disputes with a West African State and its national oil company (including rights under available BITs)
- Advising a major automotive company in respect of potential commercial and investment treaty arbitration claims against a Southern Asian State arising out of the financial incentives applicable to the development of a major manufacturing plant
- Advising a major international oil company in respect of potential commercial and investment treaty arbitration claims against a Southern Asian State
Career and qualifications
- Balliol College, Oxford (MA (Hons), Modern Languages) 2002
- Joined Clifford Chance 2004
- Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2006
- Seconded to Shell International Limited 2008
- Senior Associate since 2010
- Seconded to Raytheon UK 2017