• Biography

    James Brown is a solicitor advocate with more than 18 years of experience as a disputes lawyer.

    He acts for clients in complex, high-value litigations and arbitrations concerning engineering and construction matters for international clients operating in the shipping, superyacht and offshore oil and gas sectors, as well as in respect of the employment of assets in these sectors. He also maintains a “general commercial disputes” practice acting for clients in sectors as diverse as telecoms, engineering/construction, banking/financial services, oil and gas, renewables, aviation, IT and retailing.

    In recommending James in the shipping section, The Legal 500 UK, the international directory of law firms, has previously noted that “James Brown is approachable, pragmatic and responsive to client needs.” In addition it has reported that he is “highly attentive and keeps clients informed”, is a “key figure” who “regularly handles arbitration and litigation” and 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 arbitration 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 and asset disclosure orders) from the English court in support of both domestic and foreign court or arbitral proceedings, and directs and manages related foreign court or arbitral proceedings including proceedings concerning the enforcement of awards and judgments.

    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 in Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Energy Arbitrations (Fourth 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
    • Solicitor Advocate, Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)