Shane Jury is the head of our GCC commercial disputes practice and is based in our Dubai office. He has been practising in the Middle East region for over 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 and professional negligence claims against solicitors and auditors.

Shane is ranked as a Next Generation Partner by the Legal500 for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation (2023, 2022), and as a Leading Individual by Chambers & Partners for Dispute Resolution: United Arab Emirates (2023). 

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 concluded a sole arbitrator appointment 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.  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. He is also AG's representative on the DIFC Courts' Users Committee.

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 also acts as strategic/supervisory counsel in respect of claims in the onshore UAE Courts together with local counsel. Shane's experience includes acting for a major UAE State owned entity in connection with a variety of claims for and against that entity, civil and criminal proceedings, fraud claims and recovery claims.

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.   

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


Notable experience includes:

  • Acting for an investment entity on a US $74 million funds dispute relating to the wrongful issuance of warrant shares in favour of the fund manager, including overseeing applications for urgent injunctive relief in the BVI and Cayman Courts and acting on an expedited LCIA arbitration.
  • Advising a regional entity on a US $4.3 billion claim threatened in the ADGM Courts pursuant to the ADGM Insolvency Regulations. 
  • Acting for a global Bank on enforcement of a US $75 million debt, including actions to enforce bounced cheques, mortgages, rental assignment rights and advising on various recovery options in the DIFC, UAE and UK.
  • Acting on a US $190 million professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors relating to alleged negligence in the conduct of a financing transaction.
  • Defending a government entity in connection with a US $20 million+ ICC arbitration for wrongful termination of a management agreement.  
  • Acting for a multinational corporation in connection with a major data breach, including injunctive relief proceedings in the DIFC Courts against 'persons unknown'. 
  • University of Queensland (2006 – 2009) – Bachelor of Laws (Honours).
Professional Memberships
  • ADGM Courts Private Law Firm Liaison Group
  • DIFC Courts Rules Committee.
  • Editor of the Commentary on the DIFC Law of Obligations published by LexisNexis in Laws of the DIFC (Volume 1) (1st edition).

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