• Share
  • Email
  • Print

James Lightley-Hunt

Fax +971.4.447.5225
James Lightley-Hunt is an associate in the firm’s Dubai office. He has particular experience in complex cross-border dispute resolution, including commercial litigation and international arbitration. Mr Lightley-Hunt advises and represents UAE-based, regional and international clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, with particular focus on arbitration proceedings administered by major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, DIFC-LCIA, and DAIC. He also works closely with local counsel in respect of litigation and other proceedings before the UAE Courts.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Lightley-Hunt was a solicitor at a global law firm in London.

  • Representing the owner of the largest refinery in Libya in connection with disputes with its crude oil supplier and breaches of a Feedstock Supply Agreement, including in ICC arbitration.
  • Representing an international manufacturing company in ICC arbitration in connection with a construction dispute concerning a major public infrastructure project in Saudi Arabia.
  • Representing a UAE company in DIFC-LCIA administered arbitration and working with local counsel on related UAE court proceedings in connection with a dispute concerning the supply of raw materials and an associated shareholder dispute.
  • Representing a Middle East affiliate of a global healthcare software provider in DIAC arbitration concerning a software supply agreement.
  • Represented MasterCard in defending multiple English High Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal follow-on damages claims brought by major retailer groups relating to MasterCard's default interchange fees, cumulatively valued in excess of £1 billion.
  • Advised an investor in relation to a complex multijurisdictional dispute concerning a joint venture for the redevelopment of a luxury resort and construction of a marina on a Caribbean island, including advising on LCIA arbitrations in London and related court proceedings in Switzerland, Bahamas and St Vincent.
  • Advised Standard Bank Group on the resolution of proceedings under the UK Bribery Act by way of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the UK Serious Fraud Office. This was the first DPA entered into the UK and also resulted in the settlement of investigations into the alleged misconduct by the US Department of Justice and SEC.
  • Acted for BVI liquidators in a complex multijurisdictional dispute and restructuring relating to the dissolution of a substantial limited partnership with assets in the former Soviet Union and connected to several high-profile and politically exposed persons.

Please note representative work includes matters handled at previous law firm.