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Shane Jury is a commercial disputes partner, based in our Dubai office where he leads our team of commercial disputes lawyers. He has been practicing in the Middle East region for over eight years. Shane specialises in complex commercial disputes with a particular focus on joint venture disputes, shareholders’ disputes, banking and financial disputes and investigations, and fraud claims, often involving a multi-jurisdictional angle. 

Shane's practice straddles both litigation in the DIFC and ADGM Courts and arbitration under all of the major institutional rules.  His profile both as an international arbitration practitioner and as a litigator in the DIFC Courts is reflected by the fact that he was recently invited to join the newly launched DIFC Courts Arbitration Working Group.  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).

Shane has strong DIFC Court advocacy expertise having conducted the hearing of an appeal before the DIFC Court of Appeal and various applications before the DIFC Court of First Instance.  As an experienced advocate in the DIFC Courts, Shane's team has the ability to run cases as a “one stop shop” without the need for engaging external Counsel.  This often results in significant cost savings to clients as it avoids duplication of work.

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). In recognition of his market profile, Shane has been invited to join the ADGM Courts Private Law Firms Liaison Group as a Partner at Addleshaw Goddard.

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:

  • 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.  
  • 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 our client's shareholding, including:
  • Injunction proceedings before the DIFC Court of First Instance and DIFC Court of Appeal to prevent a pledge of our 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 is now proceeding to a full 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:
  • 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
Professional Memberships
  • ADGM Courts Private Law Firm Liaison Group.