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Jules Sher QC

Call: 1968    QC: 1981

+44 (0)20 7306 0102jsher@wilberforce.co.uk

Jules Sher’s career as counsel, arbitrator and deputy High Court judge in the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court spans more than 40 years. His expertise ranges over the entire field of commercial and business law. Jules is a member of the SIAC Arbitrators Panel.

His qualification in, and experience of, a civil law system and his involvement in international litigation and arbitration in many countries outside the UK uniquely qualify him to act as an arbitrator in international disputes.

Notable cases outside the UK include: Singapore (Singtel and the Info-communications Development Authority and the Jumabhoy litigation); Cayman Islands (Re Anders Jahre, AG v Even Wahr-Hansen); Hong Kong (Union (V-Tex) Shirt Factory v Union V-Tex Realty); Bahamas (Rawson Trust Co Ltd v Perlman).

His professional experience includes arbitrations seated in the UK (and elsewhere) between parties from the USA, India, Germany, Russia and France.

In the UK he acted in the litigation by Equitable Life Assurance Society against its former Board of Directors.  He advised the Society of Lloyd’s on the reconstruction of the Lloyd’s market and represented that Society in the House of Lords in its litigation against the Names.  He represented the hedge fund community in litigation against the administrators of Lehman Brothers after the collapse of that investment bank. He has appeared in many leading cases in diverse fields: local government finance (Credit Suisse v Allerdale; South Tyneside v Svenska); gas exploration (British Gas v Phillips Petroleum; Amoco v Amerada Hess; Neste v Shell); pensions (Imperial Tobacco; LRT and Electricity Supply); trusts (Public Trustee v Cooper); mortgage securities (Barclays v Harris; NatWest v Gill; UCB Homeloans v Moore; Barclays v Coleman).

He has recently been involved, amongst other matters, in an international arbitration in the Permanent Court of Arbitration relating to the commercial development of land.

Since 2007 he has advised and continues to advise Tate on ethical issues as a member of its Ethics Committee.   He is a qualified mediator and has mediated many disputes in the commercial field.