• Biography

    James Brown' has more than 15 years of experience as a disputes lawyer.

    His primary focus is litigating and arbitrating complex, high-value engineering/construction disputes for international clients operating in the shipping and offshore oil and gas sectors. Having practiced for many years as a “general commercial” disputes lawyer for clients in sectors as diverse as telecoms, engineering/construction, banking/financial services, oil and gas, aviation, IT and retailing, he also acts for clients outside of the offshore/maritime sector in connection with their commercial disputes.

    James is a recommended lawyer in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500, Legalease, in the international arbitration and shipping sections, reporting that he is “highly attentive and keeps clients informed” and that he is a “key figure” who “regularly handles arbitration and litigation.” The Legal 500 2017 (being the previous edition) recommends James in the international arbitration, oil and gas, and shipping sections, reporting that he "provides tremendous attention to detail in high-value technical disputes."

    Acting for clients in the offshore oil and gas and shipping sectors, he has particular experience in respect of claims arising from contracts for the design and construction of offshore oil and gas vessels (including rigs, pipelaying vessels, heavy lift vessels, LNG carriers, oil and product tankers and offshore support vessels) as well as commercial vessels and super-yachts, and from contracts for their long term employment. Often matters are concerned with responsibility for delay and related cost-overruns or defects/warranty issues, or with appealing, challenging, and/or enforcing court and arbitral awards resulting from such claims.

    James pursues and defends claims in both the English High Court, including the Commercial Court and Technology and Construction Court, and in arbitrations pursuant to rules including those of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as well as the UNCITRAL rules and those of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. James also assists clients to obtain orders (including freezing orders) from the English court in support of both domestic and foreign court or arbitral proceedings, and directs and manages for his clients related foreign court or arbitral proceedings.

    James regularly writes, lectures, and provides seminars on current dispute resolution issues, and has been published including in Lloyd’s List and The Construction Law Journal. He is a co-author of a chapter on Offshore Vessel Construction Disputes within Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Energy Arbitrations (Third Edition). He is the author of Making The Most Of Leaner Times: A Contractor’s Guide to Common English Law Issues, published June 2017.

  • Education and Clerkships

    • Legal Practice Course, Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, 1999
    • B.A., Jurisprudence, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, 1998
  • Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2002