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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 through to trial) across a wide range of Chambers’ practice areas.  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:

  • SKAT 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 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 obtained and maintained against 35 respondents. 
  • Capreon (UK) Limited v Winnersh Holdings LP (Comm)
    Acting (with Edmund Nourse QC) for the defendants in a claim for alleged breach of exclusivity and reasonable endeavours obligations in a Heads of Terms regarding the sale and purchase of a business park in Reading.
  • 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.  
  • Deutsche Bank v Unitech (Comm)
    Acting (with Sonia Tolaney QC and Adam Sher) for Deutsche Bank in a claim to enforce a swap transaction, which is defended on the basis of alleged misrepresentations and/or implied terms as to suitability and LIBOR manipulation. 
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Company 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 a number of LIBOR panel banks in relation to alleged LIBOR misconduct.
  • Re Lehman Brothers International Europe (in Administration) (Ch)
    Acted (with Sonia Tolaney QC) for Barclays Capital Inc in an application in the LBIE administration regarding client money, statutory interest, set-off and currency issues (total value c. £350m). The matter settled on the morning of a 9-day trial.
  • Flyington Freighters Ltd v Airbus SAS & Ors (Comm)
    Acted (with Sonia Tolaney QC and Christopher Bond) for Airbus in a $50 million dispute with an Indian freight airline over a sale and purchase agreement for aircraft (settled on the eve of a four-week Commercial Court trial).