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Practice Summary

James Petkovic’s practice covers the broad spectrum of commercial work in litigation and international arbitration, and encompasses both lead work and smaller cases in his own right.  His experience extends to work raising issues from a range of international jurisdictions, including (but not limited to) New York, Singapore (where he spent 8 months focused on a variety of domestic litigation and arbitration), Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iran and Malaysia. James has also gained considerable exposure to the UK’s financial services regulator, having been previously seconded to the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and subsequently engaged in redrafting its Handbook on the division of the FSA into the FCA and the PRA as well as assisting the FCA in respect of issues concerning Brexit and the CSDR.   

Notable involvements have included Dar Al Arkan & Anr v Al Refai & Ors (alleged fraud / breach ME banking practice), listed as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for 2014 and 2015: Global Disputes in the English Courts and Chesterfield United Inc & Anr v Deutsche Bank AG & Ors (€500m sale of credit-linked notes).  

In recent years, James’ practice has encompassed commercial disputes arising in the context of the international arbitration sector.  Over 2016-17, he acted as part of an extensive legal team in ad hoc (PCA administered) arbitration proceedings claiming significant damages as a result of failure to deliver under a gas supply agreement.  James was also engaged (as sole counsel) in LCIA proceedings concerned with payments under a loan agreement and a guarantee.  In 2018, he has acted in English-seated ad hoc arbitration proceedings for a government department which sought a range of relief including payment in excess of £50m. Separately, James acts in a s68 arbitration claim before the Commercial Court, arising out of UNCITRAL proceedings.