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Practice Summary

James Ruddell has a broad commercial practice.  He has experience in complex High Court litigation, from pre-action advice and interim injunctions through to trial and appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  In arbitration, James has experience in disputes administered pursuant to LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc rules, and in bringing arbitration claims before the Commercial Court.  In addition to his work as part of a larger counsel team, he also acts as sole counsel in litigation/arbitration and has both trial and procedural/CMC advocacy experience.  

Prior to coming to the English bar, James practised for 2 years as a commercial litigation barrister and solicitor in New Zealand. 

Current and recent instructions include:

  • Skatteforvaltningen v Solo Capital Partners LLP (in administration) & Ors (Comm)
    Acting (with a team led by Michael Fealy QC) for the Danish Tax and Customs Administration in a claim brought against c.100 defendants. The claim is in respect of an alleged conspiracy involving fraudulent withholding tax reclaim applications in the sum of DKK 12 billion (approximately £1.5 billion). Worldwide freezing orders and proprietary injunctions were obtained and maintained against 35 respondents. James has appeared as sole advocate in interlocutory applications. The case has been described by Foxton J as "one of the largest and most complex pieces of litigation to be heard in the Commercial Court".
  • General Dynamics United Kingdom Limited v The State of Libya (Comm)
    Acting (with Daniel Toledano QC) for the claimant in proceedings to enforce an arbitral award against the defendant state. The claim gives rise to issues of state immunity and, in particular, as to the service requirements under section 12 of the State Immunity Act 1978. The claimant was successful in the Court of Appeal in 2019 and the Supreme Court heard the defendant's appeal in December 2020.
  • Maroil Trading Inc & Ors v Cally Shipholdings Inc & Ors (Comm)
    Acting (with Sonia Tolaney QC) for Burford Capital and Daniel Hall (the Third Parties) in complex and high profile proceedings for sums in excess of US$85 million said to be due as a result of an alleged breach of confidence.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation v Barclays & Ors (Comm)
    Acting (with Sonia Tolaney QC, Nehali Shah and Owain Draper) for Deutsche Bank in a claim brought by the FDIC against LIBOR panel banks and the British Bankers' Association for alleged anti-competitive behavior, deceit and conspiracy in connection with the "lowballing" of USD LIBOR during the global financial crisis. 
  • ABB Limited, Seoul v Myung Se Oh & Ors (Comm, QB, Ch)
    Acted as sole counsel for the claimant in proceedings to enforce a c. £42m South Korean judgment in England. The judgment was successfully enforced in Commercial Court proceedings and charging orders and orders for sale were subsequently obtained in the Queen’s Bench and Chancery Divisions. 
  • A v B (Channel Islands)
    Assisting local counsel for the claimant in professional negligence proceedings against a “Big 4” auditor for alleged negligence in failing to detect substantial fraud.  
  • Gens v Goldenberg & Ors (Comm)
    Acted (with Anneliese Day QC) for the claimants in two sets of related proceedings between high net worth Russian businessmen (and their corporate vehicles) seeking the repayment of c. US$150m alleged to be due under oral loan agreements. The proceedings were settled shortly before an inter partes hearing on jurisdiction.