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Practice Summary

John McCaughran’s practice covers a broad spectrum of commercial litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on banking and finance, energy/oil and gas, and civil fraud cases.

He is an experienced advocate, regularly appearing before the UK Courts at all levels and he is also called to the Bars of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the Cayman Islands.

John has also conducted arbitrations before a wide range of arbitral tribunals, often with a foreign seat and he is familiar with the rules particular to a variety of institutions, including ICC, LCIA, SCC and UNCITRAL.

Recent notable cases include: Singularis Holdings Ltd (In Liq) v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd  (with Michael Watkins) defending a claim in the Chancery Division (Financial List), which has now been before the Supreme Court on appeal, against a broker for c. USD 204 million arising out of a stock lending transaction, which gives rise to issues about the scope of a broker’s contractual duties and the illegality principle; BG Global Energy Ltd & ors v. Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited & ors [2015] EWHC 110 (Comm) in a trial of a number of preliminary issues relating to the proper interpretation of a transportation, processing and operating services agreement; and Transocean Drilling UK Ltd v. Providence Resources Plc [2014] EWHC 4260 (Comm) in a dispute concerning the financial consequences which occurred to the drilling of an appraisal well in the Barryroe Field off the south coast of Ireland.

Current directory recommendations include;

"The best contracts lawyer alive, and someone who can explain things to anyone in the simplest terms." "He's a brilliant advocate who uses quiet but firm questioning to elicit the required answers."  Chambers UK 2020 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"He is as accessible and easy to work alongside as he is intelligent and insightful. His strengths are his legal knowledge, his commerciality and clever advocacy."  "He is a fantastically bright lawyer, hugely knowledgeable about the energy sector and a go-to on big-ticket energy disputes." "John is technically brilliant and is very persuasive on his feet."  Chambers UK 2020 - Energy & Natural Resources 

"Combines great legal intelligence and knowledge with commerciality and common sense."  Legal 500 2019 - Commercial Litigation

"A leading advocate in this area who combines great intelligence with commerciality"  Legal 500 2019 - Energy

"Extremely impressive quality of work, availability and approachability."  Legal 500 2019 - International Arbitration (Counsel)

"Extremely bright, very experienced and commercial in his outlook." "John is an extremely impressive advocate who handles trials involving huge amounts of documents and evidence with great skill." Chambers UK 2019 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"An intellectual and a brilliant advocate who uses quiet but firm questioning to elicit the required answers." Chambers UK 2019 - Energy & Natural Resources

‘A brilliant mind and an excellent advocate – calm, assured and easy to work with.’ Legal 500 2018 - Commercial Litigation

"Brilliant advocate who uses quiet but firm questioning to elicit the required answers." "Has a very good understanding of how a High Court judge will view a dispute." Chambers UK 2018 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"He is a shrewd advocate - on any client's list of top oil and gas silks." "Technically brilliant and a very persuasive advocate." Chambers UK 2018 - Energy & Natural Resources 

'A phenomenal advocate who is a go to silk for many magic circle firms. "He's fabulous to work with, as he's bright, hard-working and extremely good company." Chambers UK 2017 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"He's incredibly good with clients and conveys his advice in a way which is very well received. He's very much loved by clients. He's very insightful, very good and dials in at the right level." "He's up there with the best oil and gas barristers." Chambers UK 2017 - Energy & Natural Resources