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Practice Summary

James Ruddell has a broad commercial practice.  He has experience in complex High Court litigation and arbitration (from pre-action advice through to trial) across a wide range of Chambers’ practice areas. In addition to his work as part of a larger counsel team, he also acts as sole counsel in High Court and County Court litigation and has both trial and procedural/CMC advocacy experience. His practice also frequently involves advisory work.

Prior to coming to the English bar, James practised as a commercial litigation barrister and solicitor in New Zealand. 

Current and recent instructions include:

SIAC arbitration (Singapore seat)
Acting (with Laurence Rabinowitz QC and others) for an oil and gas company defending a claim for $5.5bn for alleged fraud and breach of warranty under an SPA.

Sir Owen Glenn v Watson & Ors (Ch)
Acted for the Third and Fourth Defendants (led by Anna Boase and later as sole counsel) in respect of claims brought in the Chancery Division arising out of a failed c. £125m joint investment venture.  The claims against the Third and Fourth Defendants were based on fraudulent misrepresentation, knowing receipt and tracing.

Tower Trading Group Ltd v Gaunt (QB)
Acting for the Claimant trading platform provider (led by David Cavender QC) in claims against former employees and shareholders for breach of a shareholders’ agreement, obligations of confidence and restrictive covenants.