Expertise

Jamie Harrison FCIArb is a Partner in the litigation department and Head of the Singapore office. Jamie is also a Partner (non-resident) of our Hong Kong practice. He specialises in cross-border litigation and international arbitration and has led the firm's practice in South-East Asia since 2012.

Jamie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators at SIAC (Singapore), LCIA (London) and MCIA (Mumbai). He is a member of the Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association, and of the IBA's Asia Pacific Arbitration Forum.

Jamie is a leading member of our International Arbitration Group, having represented clients in ad hoc proceedings and those brought before SIAC, LCIA, ICC, AAA, JAMS, LMAA and under UNCITRAL rules in disputes predominantly in the energy, oil and gas, infrastructure and financial services sectors, often involving emerging jurisdictions, particularly in South-East Asia, India, Africa and Eastern Europe.

Jamie also maintains a strong focus on high value cross border litigation cases too and in May 2015 he successfully applied for full registration as one of few English lawyers permitted to represent clients in offshore cases before the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC).

Jamie is qualified to practise in England and Wales (1993), in Hong Kong (1998) and as a registered foreign lawyer in Singapore (2012).

Experience

Jamie's recent experience includes:

Litigation
  • Acting for 246 individual Singaporean clients in litigation in London and Singapore, arising out of their investment in housing projects in Brazil;
  • Representing a major Indian company in injunction proceedings in London, obtained by a Singapore bank in relation to the financing of airport construction in India;
  • Acting for the Receivers of a Singapore company in litigation in the UK, arising from a Pakistani construction project and related LCIA arbitration proceedings;
  • Acting for a Malaysian company in relation to proceedings in Malaysia, London, Geneva and Illinois arising from the delivery of a corporate jet.
  • Acting for an MNC (on instruction from Singapore) in relation to proceedings in Cambodia;
  • Acting for a US company in long running proceedings to enforce a historic judgment against the Republic of Iraq's UK and European assets, involving sovereign immunity and sanctions;
  • Acting for famous British artist, in claims arising out of the sale of several works, and for consignees for sale of items at auction.
International Arbitration
  • SIAC: Acting as co-counsel with Indian law firm on claims under charter party arrangements
  • SIAC: Acting for a UK company in a claim arising from late delivery of cargo to Manila
  • SIAC: Acting for a Korean company in relation to claims arising from a construction project in Laos
  • HKIAC: Acting for a Chinese company in proceedings arising from a mining JV in Australia
  • ICC: Acting for a HK fund in a claim against a Korean telecoms company
  • LCIA: Acting for a Nigerian company in a dispute over a production sharing agreement
  • ICSID: Acting for a US company in a claim against an E European state
  • JAMS: Acting for a claimant in relation to a fee due under a Finders' Agreement
International Disputes and Investigations

Part of the team representing an individual in wide ranging proceedings before UK and other courts and related arbitration proceedings, including before ICSID.

In addition, Jamie has particular experience of working on cases under Contingency Agreements, Conditional Fee Agreements, and Damages Based Agreements (often with the benefit of After the Event Insurance), and regularly negotiates and agrees fixed, capped and staged payment arrangements. He was invited to sit on the Law Society's Committee charged with reporting on this area in Singapore, which led to the recent legislation with respect to International Arbitration.

Professional memberships
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • The Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • The Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association
  • Membership of Panel of Arbitrators: SIAC; LCIA; and MCIA
Education
  • The College of Law (now The University of Law), Chester - Solicitors' Final Examination
  • The University of Durham - BA (Hons) Law

Singapore

Our Singapore office provides specialist support across a range of legal disciplines and is the focus of our service delivery in South-East Asia.

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Hong Kong

We are the commercial law firm of choice for an increasing number of clients looking to do business in Hong Kong and PRC.

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