James Howells QC specialises in international commercial arbitration with particular expertise in infrastructure, construction, engineering, shipbuilding and IT disputes. His experience in energy-related cases includes oil and gas production platforms and rigs, FPSOs, gas storage caverns, desalination plants, power stations and renewables. He has extensive experience of international infrastructure projects. His IT experience includes commercial and technical disputes in projects ranging from commercial systems to major government projects.
Much of his work is international in nature and throughout his career he has advised on disputes in jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, India, Russia, UAE, Oman, Continental Europe, Tanzania, South Africa, Channel Islands and Caribbean.
James is consistently recognised by legal directories as a leading practitioner, clients comment he is “a phenomenal Silk” who is a "very user-friendly, hands-on barrister with formidable advocacy skills". Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific describes him as “a "very clever and extremely able" advocate, noted for the jurisdictional diversity of his Asian arbitration practice, which embraces the handling of energy and engineering disputes originating in such widely separated locations as Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. Interviewees also value him for his cross-examination skills and as a “very approachable” colleague who gives “direct answers”.”
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