Expertise

Based in our Dubai office, Jamie covers both the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman markets in relation to various commercial disputes; advising government entities, local companies and foreign investors. One of only two construction law practitioners in Oman recognised by Who's Who Legal 2015, Jamie's specialities include contentious and non-contentious construction law and project disputes. In addition, given his previous off-shore legal experience, Jamie is also regularly instructed on financial crime, fraud and regulatory matters around the region.

Comfortable with both common law and civil law jurisdictional systems, Jamie advises in relation to contracts and issues arising under both. With regard to his construction experience, Jamie is familiar with most, if not all, international standard forms of construction contracts including FIDIC, IChemE, NEC and JCT as well as the standard forms used by the Oman government and quasi-government entities.

Jamie's extensive ADR experience includes having acted in arbitrations (ICC, LCIA, GCC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc), mediations, expert determinations, adjudications (DABs) and litigation (local courts and DIFC).

He has been invited to speak as a guest lecturer at the DIFC Courts Academy, Dubai and at the College of Law, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat. Concerning the latter, he assists with the training of those students competing in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Mootn finals held annually in Vienna, Austria.

"Knowledgeable and responsive" Chambers and Partners Global (2012)

Experience

Recent contentious experience
  • Acting for a multinational engineering company before the LCIA in a US$45 million arbitration claim relating to delays, EoT applications, and the validity of liquidated damages provisions under an English law governed EPC contract;
  • Representing the main contractor in an ICC arbitration claim valued at US$18 million arising from the termination of a civil engineering contract under Omani law as a result of alleged delays to the completion of a water treatment plant;
  • Advising and representing an international water treatment specialist contractor with its claims, valued at US$32 million to be determined by ad-hoc arbitration under Omani law, against a government entity employer for unpaid payment certificates for the upgrade to and development of an Omani city's major sewerage system;
  • Acting for a large consultancy practice in its claim for unpaid invoices and extensions/variation to the original Omani law contract arising from the overall delays experienced with the completion of the Muscat and Salalah international airports development;
  • Representing an international airline at a London held mediation concerning, under English law, its alleged invalid termination and repudiatory breach on the part of a software developer which sought significant compensation;
  • Providing extensive and timely regulatory and potential litigation advice to the employer of a large power project arising from serious breaches of Oman Standard Electricity Regulations, breaches of contract and the related power purchase agreement; and
  • Successfully tracing, freezing and repatriating over US$5 million for an Omani construction and engineering contractor which was the victim of a fraud arising from a phantom shipment of steel and executed letter of credit (involving the assistance of IMB, Interpol, Royal Oman Police Financial Crimes Unit and offshore counsel)
Recent non-contentious experience
  • Advising an investment SPV, as employer, on a refurbishment project of a mixed-use development in Abu Dhabi, UAE;
  • Advising a Dubai based contractor on the terms of a proposed EPC contract relating to the construction of the second phase of a clinker production facility in Sumbe, Angola;
  • Drafting and producing a suite of standard form contracts (including civil engineering and turn-key) for a major government port development in the Sultanate of Oman; and
  • Introducing / updating anti-bribery and corruption procedures and corporate governance programmes and processes with assocaited training for locally and foreign owned companies in the Sultanate of Oman.
Publications

Jamie is a regular contributor of legal articles for publications such as the "Construction Weekly Middle East", and "Oil & Gas Oman". He has also authored the Oman chapters of international arbitration journals, "Global Arbitration Review" and the '"nternational Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration" and is referenced in the leading textbook "Arbitration with the Arab Countries", by El Ahdab & El-Ahdab (2011).

Professional memberships
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales
  • Licensed Practitioner of the Judicial Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC Courts)
  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Education
  • Year qualified: 2002
  • University of Wales - MBA (Law) - 2016
  • University of Bristol - Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice - 1997
  • Nottingham Trent University - Graduate Diploma in Law - 1992
  • University of Hertfordshire - BSc (Hons) Computer Programming & Business Operations - 1991