James Dingley

Omnia Strategy LLP


England & Wales

London, UK

- Investment Treaty Arbitration
- International Commercial Arbitration
- Africa-related Disputes
- CIS-related Disputes

- Energy & Natural Resources (incl. Oil & Gas, Power & Mining)
- Commercial Dispute Resolution
- Construction, Engineering & Infrastructure
- Banking & Finance
- Defence & Government Services
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Marine, Shipping & Trade
- Mergers, Acquisitions & Shareholder Disputes
- Technology & Telecommunications

- English (native)
- French (fluent)
- German (fluent)
- Russian (basic)

- BPP Law School, London (LPC), 2004
- BPP Law School, London (PgDL), 2003
- Balliol College, Oxford University, Oxford (MA (Hons), Modern Languages), 1998 – 2002
- Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn, Germany, 2000 – 2001
- Winchester College, Winchester, 1993 – 1998


- Co-moderator, concluding Forum, ITA-IEL-IFF Energy Arbitration Conference (January 2022)
- “Betamax Ltd v. State Trading Corporation: Is The Devil In The Detail?” (October 2021, Ivanyan and Partners / Mondaq)
- “RAV Bahamas v. Therapy Beach Club: What Does It Mean For Parties And Arbitrators?” (September 2021, Ivanyan and Partners / Mondaq)
- Claimant’s Counsel, ‘Arbitration Battle Online’, St Petersburg International Legal Forum (May 2021)
- “The 2021 ICC Arbitration Rules: Keeping Up With Changing Times” (January 2021, Ivanyan and Partners / Mondaq)
- “Halliburton v. Chubb - An International Perspective: New-found Clarity Or Continued Uncertainty?” (January 2021, Ivanyan and Partners / Mondaq)
- “Clarity over English court's jurisdiction to grant anti-arbitration injunction against foreign-seated arbitrations” (September 2019, International Law Office)
- “Court grants third party access to confidential arbitration documents for disciplinary proceedings against arbitrator” (May 2019, International Law Office)
- “Enforcement of arbitral Award against sovereign State requires service through diplomatic channels” (March 2019, International Law Office)
- “State consent to arbitrate and waiver of state immunity determined by plain wording of agreement to arbitrate” (October 2018, International Law Office)
- “BITs – Still value for money” (August 2018, Clifford Chance LLP)
- “Unilateral Option Clauses - 2017 Survey” (January 2017, Clifford Chance LLP)
- “An Expert horror story: Van Oord UK Limited and SICIM Roadbridge Limited v. Allseas UK Limited [2015] EWHC 3074 (TCC)” (December 2015, Clifford Chance LLP)
- “Dispute resolution in Angola - arbitration in focus” (February 2015, Clifford Chance LLP)
- “A view from the top: a Board-level perspective on current business risks” (November 2014, Clifford Chance LLP & Oil Council)
- “A view from the top: a Board-level perspective on current business risks – Insights from the oil & gas sector” (May 2014, Clifford Chance LLP & Economist Intelligence Unit)
- “Dispute resolution in Mozambique: the rise of arbitration” (March 2014, Clifford Chance LLP)
- “Unilateral option clauses in arbitration: an international overview” (July 2013, PracticalLaw)
- “Unilateral option clauses in arbitration: a survey as to their effectiveness” (February 2013, Clifford Chance LLP)

- Solicitor of the Supreme Courts of England & Wales (2006)
- Law Society of England & Wales
- Registered Foreign Attorney (Russia)
- Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
- Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)

James is a Partner at Omnia Strategy LLP and holds over 17 years’ experience of resolving complex, high-value and politically-sensitive disputes. He specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration, and regularly advises as to the implementation and execution of effective risk mitigation strategies. His focus is the efficient resolution of disputes for his clients, whether through formal dispute resolution proceedings or via a negotiated commercial settlement.

James’ clients have consisted of large corporate and financial institutions, States and State-owned entities, and private individuals. He has represented clients in disputes arising out of a wide range of industry sectors, but has particular experience in the energy & natural resources sector, and with a connection to Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the wider CIS region. He has acted both in arbitrations conducted pursuant to all major international rules (LCIA, ICC, SIAC, SCC, ICSID Rules and the Energy Charter Treaty), as well as in ad hoc arbitrations (including pursuant to the UNCITRAL Rules, the LMAA Terms and national legislation).

James accepts appointments as an independent arbitrator. He is a member of the panel of arbitrators at the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) and the Russian Arbitration Centre (RAC).

James started his career in 2006 in the international arbitration practice of a ‘Magic Circle’ law firm, based in London, before leaving in 2020 to establish the London office of an overseas law firm. As a complement to his time in private practice, James also has experience as in-house counsel, having spent time on secondment at both a major international energy company and the U.K. subsidiary of a multinational aerospace and defence conglomerate.

In 2021, James was identified as a 'Rising Star' of International Arbitration by Legal 500 UK.

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