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James Ayliffe QC

Call: 1987    QC: 2008

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International Arbitration

James has wide experience of international arbitration and other forms of ADR.

He advises and acts as an advocate on international arbitration proceedings and appeals as well as proceedings for the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

He also assists clients with other forms of ADR, including mediation, expert determination and early neutral evaluation.

Furthermore, he acts as an arbitrator, mediator (he has been an accredited mediator since 2011) and expert himself.

Some representative cases include:

  • acting for well-known FTSE 100 company in LCIA arbitration concerning operation of complex £2bn re-financing arrangements;
  • acting for Dubai and Brunei investors in multi-million pound LCIA arbitration relating to alleged breaches of operating and management agreement in respect of a major hotel in Saudi Arabia;
  • representing licensor in defence of US$80m LCIA arbitration regarding alleged breach of international licence agreement governing use of well-known brand and trademark in connection with sale of handbags;  and
  • acting for licensor in US$20m claim for alleged repudiation of international licence agreement relating to use of brand in connection with sale of watches.