LLB, MSC, PhD, FCI Arb, Solicitor, Arbitrator, Registered Adjudicator, Accredited Mediator
Julian has over 30 years’ experience of commercial dispute resolution. During his career, Julian has been involved in a considerable range of general commercial matters, both nationally and internationally, including in respect of loan agreements, bonds and guarantees, and commission agreements.
He is an acknowledged expert in construction disputes. He has also represented defendants in white collar criminal cases. Recent examples of his work are the representation of a US company concerning a US$ 200m ICC arbitration arising from a gas pipeline laying operation off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago and, in an LCIA arbitration, defending a call on a guarantee given by an overseas client respecting the purchase of a multi-million pound yacht. He also has recent expertise of representing overseas clients whose funds have been frozen pending investigation pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
In addition to acting for the parties to disputes, Julian sits as an arbitrator, primarily in the international forum, notably pursuant to the DIAC and ICC Rules. As well as being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he sits as a TeCSA registered adjudicator, as a CEDR accredited mediator, and as a dispute resolution board member for a major oil project. As well as dispute work, Julian also has considerable experience of contract drafting, largely, but not limited, to the construction industry, and he is fully familiar with all principal forms of construction contract.
Julian has been included as a leading lawyer in Chambers and Legal 500 for many years, Chambers recently stating that his clients are impressed by his “extensive knowledge, sound judgement, clear explanation and astute tactics” and legal 500 that he has “superb technical expertise”.
Having read law at University College London, Julian subsequently took an MSC and PhD from King’s College London, his doctor’s thesis investigating aspects of arbitration.
Julian regularly lectures and writes on arbitration and construction law, including authorship of Arbitration Forms and Precedents (jointly with Professor Rob Merkin). He also tutors students concerning their dissertations for the MSC course in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at King’s College London.