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Practice Summary

Douglas’s practice covers a wide range of domestic and international commercial dispute resolution, both litigation and arbitration (including ICC, LCIA, SCC, SIAC and UNCITRAL).  He has particular experience in complex, high value claims (working as part of a larger team), but also advises and appears in smaller cases, as sole counsel.

Recent notable cases include:

Acting (with Laurence Rabinowitz QC) defending a £38 million claim in the Commercial Court for damages in respect of alleged breaches of a long term gas sales agreement ((1) British Gas Trading Ltd v. (1) Shell UK Ltd (2) Esso Exploration and Production UK Ltd).

Acting (with Ken MacLean QC) for an estate in relation to multiple BVI proceedings brought against the estate and related companies raising issues of fraud and breach of trust/breach of duty, and jurisdiction issues in relation to parallel proceedings in Singapore (Confidential).

Acting (with Daniel Toledano QC) in a €19 million claim for payment of completion and advisory fees in respect of an offshore windfarm project in the North Sea (Macquarie Capital (Europe) Ltd v. Nordsee Offshore MEG I GmbH)

Acting (with Sa’ad Hossain QC) in relation to a collection of disputes concerning an aviation engineering business, which settled following the first week of trial in June 2018 (Skye Holdings Ltd & Ors v Gama Aviation (Engineering) Ltd & Ors)

Acting (with Ken MacLean QC) defending claims of economic duress, intimidation and conspiracy relating to the manufacture of leukaemia drug, which ultimately settled after a 5 week trial in the Commercial Court ((1) Cephalon, Inc (2) Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc v. (1) CP Pharmaceuticals Ltd (2) Wockhardt UK Holdings Ltd (3) Wockhardt Ltd)

Acting (with Lord Grabiner QC) in high value UNCITRAL proceedings concerning the exploration and development of an oil field in the Gulf of Thailand.

Acting for claimants in a dispute concerning alleged breaches of an exclusive mandate arrangement for the financing of a gold mine in Mali, Africa (Taurus Funds Management Pty & Ors v. Hummingbird Resources Ltd).

Acting (with Jeffery Onions QC) for the purchaser of midstream assets in the North Sea, in relation to expedited Commercial Court proceedings to resolve joint venture partner disputes prior to a long stop date (Apache Beryl I Limited v. Marathon Oil UK LLC & Ors).

Acting (with Daniel Toledano QC) defending claims arising from a hive-out and share purchase transaction concerning a North Sea gas field, which included disputes concerning tax refunds and the costs of an aborted carbon capture storage project ((1) Tullow Oil Plc (2) Tullow Oil SK Limited v. (1) Eni UK Limited (2) Eni Hewett Limited).

Previous notable cases have included: Nomura International Plc v. Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena Spa, a high profile multi-billion euro dispute concerning CDOs and complex asset swap/repo transactions; high value UNCITRAL Proceedings arising from the hire of a drill ship off the coast of Venezuela, which involved heavy interim hearings on Venezuelan law and applications for security;  Cambria Africa Plc v. Lonrho Plc, a claim relating to alleged mismanagement of funds and aviation assets in Africa; Grupo Hotelero Urvasco SA v. Carey Value Added, a 9-week (expert heavy) Commercial Court trial concerning the construction and financing of a hotel/apartment complex in the Aldwych, London; and the Al Gosaibi (AHAB) litigation concerning an alleged multi-billion dollar banking fraud in Saudi Arabia/UAE. 

In 2014 Douglas was named as one of Legal Week’s ‘Stars at the Bar’ (profiling highly rated barristers under ten years’ call), reflecting the market’s view that he is "charming and hard-working"; intellectually strong, but in an understated way; and "both really clever and very good with clients".  According to one magic circle partner:  "Douglas is incredibly thorough, very sensible and a really nice guy to work with.  He is someone you can rely on".