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James Ignotus B.A. LL.B.

Senior Associate

James Ignotus has experience of advising clients in complex construction disputes and he is familiar with all forms of dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation and negotiation.

In addition to London, James has worked in the Middle East (Bahrain) and Paris.

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • Successfully represented a UK based chemicals company in proving wilful default and fraudulent misrepresentation in its £30 million dispute with a European engineering firm, following the provision of delayed and defective designs for a chemicals plant.
  • Represented a South East Asian Contractor (operating as part of a joint venture) in its dispute relating to the construction of an oil refinery in North Africa worth approximately US$2 billion. Issues included responsibility for delayed and defective works and whether entitlement to payment under the contract had been achieved. A settlement was ultimately negotiated and agreed between all parties, including the funders.
  • Represented an English contractor in adjudication proceedings worth c. £6 million brought by a subcontractor. The claims related to a historic final account dispute in respect of works carried out on the London 2012 Olympic site.
  • Represented a Chinese client in an ICC arbitration worth c. US$55 million against a subcontractor relating to the construction of a power plant in North Africa. Issues included changes to the scope of non-destructive testing, resulting in delayed and defective works. It was also necessary to apply for an emergency anti-suit injunction to prevent the other party from appointing an arbitrator in local courts, instead of through the agreed arbitral institution.
  • Provided ongoing advice to a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) that was engaged to provide facilities management services to a hospital in London, England. Issues included reviewing the contractual payment mechanism to determine whether deductions made by the hospital were permissible, reviewing the finance agreements to ascertain whether additional money could be raised to settle disputes and liaising with the SPV's insurers to determine whether the payment of insurance premiums had breached contractual requirements.
  • English
  • Kaplan Law School, London: Legal Practice Course, 2011
  • The University of Law, London: Graduate Diploma in Law, 2010
  • University of Southampton: History B.A., 2008

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Young International Arbitration Group