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Shane Jury is the head of our GCC commercial disputes practice and is based in our Dubai office. He has been practicing in the Middle East region for close to a decade. Shane specialises in complex commercial disputes, including joint venture disputes, shareholders’ disputes, banking and financial disputes and investigations, fraud claims and multi-jurisdictional asset tracing. He also has particular expertise in restructuring/insolvency related litigation and claims.

Shane is ranked as a Next Generation Partner by the Legal500 for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation (2022), and as Up and Coming by Chambers & Partners for Dispute Resolution: United Arab Emirates (2022).  He is also included in the 2022 Legal500 Arbitration Power list – Middle East Region.    

Shane's practice straddles both litigation in the DIFC and ADGM Courts and arbitration under all of the major institutional rules.  He has full rights of audience in the DIFC Courts and has conducted (as Lead Counsel) the hearing of appeals and applications before the DIFC Courts.  Shane also sits as an arbitrator and has recently been appointed as a sole arbitrator on DIFC-LCIA proceedings.  

Shane has been involved in many of the landmark commercial disputes in the DIFC Courts (both at first instance and on appeal), including acting on behalf of a number of leading organisations such as Standard Chartered Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, Barclays Bank Plc, Dubai International Financial Centre Authority, Emirates NBD and Agility Logistics.  His experience includes the key cases which established the extent of the DIFC Court's jurisdiction (Corinth Pipeworks v Barclays Bank; Standard Chartered Bank v IGPL; Nest Investments & Ors v Deloitte & Touche & Anor).  He is a member of the DIFC Courts Rules Committee, which is a committee of eminent practitioners that advises on policy issues concerning the functioning of the DIFC Courts.

In addition to his extensive DIFC Courts and arbitration practice, Shane also has experience acting in the ADGM Courts (where he acted on the first injunction issued by the Court). Shane has also advised on potential claims in the ADGM Courts arising out of the NMC administration.  In recognition of his ADGM market profile, Shane is a member of the ADGM Courts Private Law Firms Liaison Group.

Shane is one of the leading practitioners in dealing with restructuring/insolvency related disputes in the UAE.  His experience includes advising a Syndicate of Banks in relation to claims in the DIFC Courts against KBBO, involving parallel restructuring proceedings in the onshore Abu Dhabi Courts, including the interrelationship between the UAE Bankruptcy Law and DIFC Insolvency Law.  Shane has been overseeing our team in coordinating the strategy in the DIFC claim and advising (together with our restructuring practice) on the conduct of the parallel restructuring proceedings in Abu Dhabi.   

Shane is also the editor of the authorised commentary on the DIFC Law of Obligations (1st edition) (which is the key law regulating non-contractual obligations in the DIFC, such as the tort of negligence) published by LexisNexis.  

Prior to joining Addleshaw Goddard, Shane has practiced in the Dubai offices of a global US law firm and a magic circle law firm. 

Experience

Notable experience includes:

  • Advising a major Bank on prospective claims in the ADGM Courts in relating to fraudulent trading.  
  • Advising a major Bank on the strategy for protecting its secured interest (AED 150 million) and the implications of parallel restructuring proceedings in the onshore UAE Courts and administration proceedings in the ADGM Courts.  
  • Acting for a Syndicate of Banks in a US $300 million DIFC Court Claim in respect of unpaid conventional, Islamic and hedging liabilities, including claims for permanent freezing orders and mandatory orders requiring the provision of security, and an application for an anti-suit injunction to restrain parallel proceedings in the onshore Dubai Courts.  
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern conglomerate in connection with a joint venture/shareholders' dispute (DIFC-LCIA arbitration) relating to governance breaches affecting a major mixed-use development in Oman.  
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern conglomerate in a potential DIFC-LCIA arbitration with a New York based investment bank concerning an alleged breach of contract.
  • Acting for a telecommunications operator in the Middle East in relation to a potential arbitration (DIAC Rules) concerning the defective provision of cloud computing services.
  • Acting for a listed Middle Eastern entity in a US $1 billion joint venture dispute relating to the mismanagement of a telecommunications company in Iraq and misappropriation of shareholding, including:

Injunction proceedings before the DIFC Courts to prevent a pledge of the client's shares being granted to a Lebanese Bank.

ICC arbitration proceedings to restrain the pledge of shares on a final basis.

LAMC arbitration proceedings to invalidate a Subordination Agreement procured by fraud.

ICC arbitration proceedings for breaches of contract and fiduciary duty by the majority shareholder/statutory manager of the JV entity.

DIFC Court derivative proceedings against the directors of the holding company alleging breaches of fiduciary duty (such as self-dealing and conflicts of interest) and directors' duties.

DIFC Court of Appeal proceedings to overturn the decision in Pearl Petroleum, permitting the DIFC Court to grant alternative service of an order recognising and enforcing an arbitral award in Iraq.

Liaising with Co-Counsel in relation to a 1782 disclosure application in the US and DIFC-related issues arising in ICSID proceedings.

  • Acting for a Middle Eastern consortium in ICC arbitral proceedings relating to the unlawful expropriation of land, including acting as strategic counsel to coordinate strategy for various related proceedings in the onshore courts and advising on potential Investor-State claims.
  • Acting on a commercial dispute regarding delays in the launch of a major shopping mall in Abu Dhabi, which culminated in the first injunction application before the ADGM Courts.   
  • Acting for the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority in defence of a claim for US $500 million in the DIFC Courts arising from an aborted joint venture.  This claim was successfully struck out at first instance (overturned on appeal) and defended at trial. 
  • Acting for a Dubai Government entity in connection with a dispute relating to the charter of an historic Vessel.  
  • Acting for a high net worth individual in respect of potential proprietary and equitable claims relating to an insolvent entity in the Cayman Islands arising from the collapse of a high-profile investment fund in the Middle East.
  • Acting for a professional services firm in defence of a US $128 million claim in the DIFC Courts relating to the failure of a Middle Eastern Bank, involving allegations of money laundering, deceit and negligence.
  • Acting for a major English Bank in relation to (1) a US $130 million claim in the DIFC Courts; and (2) a US $238 million claim in the DIFC Courts; and (3) related claims in the Sharjah Courts, Dubai Courts, Union Supreme Court and the Joint Judicial Authority.
  • Acting for a major UAE Bank in defence of an urgent injunction application seeking the reinstatement of facilities of over AED 200m, and the subsequent claim instituted in the DIFC Courts.
  • Acting for a major English Bank in defence of a US $24 million claim in the DIFC Court involving issues of conspiracy, deceit and negligence.
  • Acting for a professional services firm in relation to a US $6.5 million derivative claim relating to the collapse of a derivatives trading company, involving allegations of negligence and breach of contract.
  • Acting for a major UK Bank in relation to anticipated claims in connection with its exit from a joint venture in Saudi Arabia.
  • Notable published judgments of the DIFC Courts on which Shane has acted as counsel or assisting-counsel include:
  • Salem Ballama Altamimi & Ors v Emirates NBD Bank PJSC & Ors [2021] CFI 085: https://www.difccourts.ae/rules-decisions/judgments-orders/court-first-instance/1-salem-mohammed-ballama-altamimi-2-david-nigel-croll-stark-3-paul-james-leggett-v-1-emirates-nbd-bank-pjsc-2-hsbc-bank-middle-e-2. 
  • Emirates NBD Bank PJSC & Ors v KBBO CPG Investmnet LLC & Ors [2020] CFI 045/2020: https://www.difccourts.ae/rules-decisions/judgments-orders/court-first-instance/cfi-045-2020-1-emirates-nbd-bank-pjsc-2-hsbc-bank-middle-east-limited-3-icici-bank-limited-bahrain-limited-4-icici-bank-uk-plc-5-20 
  • Emirates NBD Bank PJSC & Ors v KBBO CPG Investment LLC & Ors [2020] CFI 045/2020: https://www.difccourts.ae/rules-decisions/judgments-orders/court-first-instance/cfi-045-2020-1-emirates-nbd-bank-pjsc-2-hsbc-bank-middle-east-limited-3-icici-bank-limited-bahrain-limited-4-icici-bank-uk-plc-5-2. 
  • Lahela v Lameez [2020] DIFC CA 007: https://www.difccourts.ae/rules-decisions/judgments-orders/court-appeal/lahela-v-lameez-2020-difc-ca-007. 
  • Hexagon Holdings (Cayman) Limited v Dubai International Financial Centre Authority [2020] DIFC CA 003: https://www.difccourts.ae/rules-decisions/judgments-orders/court-appeal/hexagon-holdings-cayman-limited-v-1-dubai-international-financial-centre-authority-2-dubai-international-financial-centre-invest-1. 
  • Hexagon Holdings (Cayman) Limited v Dubai International Financial Centre Authority [2019] DIFC CFI 013: https://www.difccourts.ae/rules-decisions/judgments-orders/court-first-instance/hexagon-holdings-cayman-limited-v-1-dubai-international-financial-centre-authority-2-dubai-international-financial-centre-invest. 
  • John Vitalo v Atlas Mara Management Services Limited [2019] DIFC CA 012: https://www.difccourts.ae/rules-decisions/judgments-orders/court-appeal/john-vitalo-v-atlas-mara-management-services-limited-2019-difc-ca-012. 
  • Investment Group Private Limited v Standard Chartered Bank [2018] DIFC CA 002: https://www.difccourts.ae/rules-decisions/judgments-orders/court-appeal/ca-002-2018-investment-group-private-limited-v-standard-chartered-bank. 
  • Deloitte & Touche (M.E.) & Anor v Nest Investment Holding Lebanon SAL & Ors [2016] CFI 027/2016.
  • Investment Group Private Limited v Standard Chartered Bank [2015] DIFC CA 004: https://www.difccourts.ae/rules-decisions/judgments-orders/court-appeal/investment-group-private-limited-v-standard-chartered-bank-2015-difc-ca-004. 
  • Corinth Pipeworks SA v Barclays Bank Plc [2010] DIFC CFI 024: https://www.difccourts.ae/rules-decisions/judgments-orders/court-first-instance/corinth-pipeworks-sa-barclays-bank-plc-v-1-afras-ltd-2-radhakrishnan-kumar-2010-difc-cfi-024.
Education
  • University of Queensland (2006 – 2009) – Bachelor of Laws (Honours).
Professional Memberships
  • ADGM Courts Private Law Firm Liaison Group
  • DIFC Courts Rules Committee.
Publications
  • Editor of the Commentary on the DIFC Law of Obligations published by LexisNexis in Laws of the DIFC (Volume 1) (1st edition).
Testimonials

He is very bright, very personable and he really loves the law.

Chambers 2022

Shane is a super-smart guy with excellent client skills. He has that combination of legal acuity and client focus.

Chambers 2022

If you want to delve into the complexities of contractual matters, or what you can and can't do from an evidentiary perspective, Shane is the lawyer to go to.

Chambers 2022

Shane Jury has made an immediate impression on the team. The depth and breadth of his knowledge of DIFC law and process is impressive, but that his knowledge extends well into local law matters is particularly valuable.”

Legal 500 2022

Shane Jury is extremely personable and easy to work with, and a safe pair of hands to direct our matters.

Legal 500 2022

Shane Jury has a genuinely great reputation in the local market. He is always thoroughly engaged on his cases and could stand up and argue them better than most barristers. He is also a real pleasure to deal with – endlessly enthusiastic.

Legal 500 2022

Shane Jury really relishes cases and it rubs off on everyone else.

Legal 500 2022