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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 have included Nomura International Plc v. Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena Spa, a multi-billion euro dispute concerning the restructuring of a CDO-based investment and complex asset swap and repo transactions; high value UNCITRAL Proceedings arising from the hire of a drill ship off the coast of Venezuela; and Cephalon v. CP Pharmaceuticals, involving claims of economic duress, intimidation and conspiracy relating to the manufacture of an anti-cancer drug that proceeded to a 5 week trial in the Commercial Court.  He is currently instructed in a major Singapore arbitration arising from a failed joint venture for the development of land in the Philippines.

Other notable cases have included the Al Gosaibi (AHAB) litigation, which was listed as one of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 cases of 2011’; Grupo Hotelero Urvasco SA v. Carey Value Added, a 9-week (expert heavy) Commercial Court trial concerning the construction and financing of a hotel and residential apartment complex in the Aldwych, London; Cambria Africa Plc v. Lonrho Plc, a claim relating to alleged mismanagement of funds and aviation assets in Africa; and Centrica Plc v. Medway Power Ltd, a dispute concerning alleged force majeure in relation to a long term gas supply agreement, with extensive expert evidence.

In 2014 Douglas was named as one of Legal Week’s ‘Stars at the Bar’ (profiling highly rated barristers under ten years’ call), reporting 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".