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Jonathan H. Sutcliffe

Jonathan Sutcliffe is a partner in the firm’s Dubai office where he is a member of the international arbitration practice group. Jonathan has significant experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution and has acted for numerous clients on a diverse range of international commercial arbitration, ADR, and litigation matters in the energy, construction, hospitality, real estate, defence, insurance, international joint venture, and film sectors, and on investor-state disputes.

Jonathan also sits regularly as an arbitrator, including under the rules of arbitration of the ICC, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, and ADCCAC, and in ad hoc arbitrations.

Jonathan is qualified in England and Wales, and New York and is registered as an advocate in the DIFC Courts. He is recommended for international arbitration and projects and energy disputes by various leading legal guides, including Chambers, The Legal 500, and The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration.

Prior to joining the firm, Jonathan served as a partner at an international law firm in Dubai. Previously, he served as a partner and associate at international law firms in London, New York, and Houston.

  • Chambers Global, recognized as a “key disputes name” (2011 edition), a “good technical operator and a bright man” (2012), a “tenacious litigator” and “particularly distinguished” (2013), “user-friendly, accessible and commercially astute” (2014), "garnering praise for his advocacy" and demonstrating "an impressive track record" (2015), “a highly respected disputes lawyer” (2016), “a brilliant lawyer who is very knowledgeable and approachable and very articulate and practical” (2017), "respected throughout the U.A.E. for his disputes work" and "a pleasure to work with" (2018); “has always been very impressive” (2019) and “highly regarded” and “very good at calming everybody and bringing them to a settlement discussion” (2020), in the category of Dispute Resolution: United Arab Emirates; recognized as having “considerable experience in international arbitration” (2013 edition), as an “excellent arbitration practitioner” (2014), working "extensively across the Middle East" (2015), “highly regarded in the U.A.E.” and as doing “a very good job” (2016), “an excellent practitioner” (2017), "a pleasure to work with" (2018); “recognised in the market as “top notch”” (2019) and “a very bright lawyer with great attention to detail and persuasive advocacy skills” and “user-friendly and approachable” (2020), in the category of Middle East-wide: Dispute Resolution
  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, noted as having “built an impressive track record in arbitration” (2011) and as “one of the best international arbitration energy lawyers in the market” (2012) (United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution); noted for United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution (2013); recognized as a “go-to international arbitration lawyer” for United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution and noted for United Arab Emirates, Construction (2014); recognized as “well-regarded” for United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution and recommended for United Arab Emirates, Construction (2015); noted for United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution (2016) and for United Arab Emirates, Construction (2016); recognized as being "extremely thorough" for United Arab Emirates Dispute Resolution (2017); recognized as a ”key name” for United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution (2018) and as a “name to note” for United Arab Emirates, Construction (2018); noted for United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution (2020)
  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Guide (2009, 2010), noted for international arbitration
  • The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration/Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020; listed as one of the world's leading practitioners in the field of commercial arbitration; rated as "among the leading experts in the U.A.E." (2017); "draws effusive praise from commentators for his "excellent work in the field of construction arbitration"" (2018); ““Excellent practitioner” Jonathan Sutcliffe is recognised for his work in international arbitration across a wide range of sectors including energy and construction” (2019); “Jonathan Sutcliffe is “a great lawyer” that peers “would definitely put on the list” thanks to his leading work as counsel in construction-related disputes” (2020)
  • Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Future Leaders (2017), "In Dubai, Jonathan Sutcliffe … is "among the leading experts in the U.A.E.""
  • Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Arbitration (2017)
  • Chambers UK (2010), recommended for international arbitration and projects and energy disputes and described as “extremely articulate, well prepared and capable of handling complex issues”
  • Chambers UK (2009), ranked as a leading individual for international arbitration and described as “a well-rounded strategic and technical practitioner” and “definitely one to watch”
  • Chambers UK (2008), recommended for international arbitration and described as drawing “plaudits from interviewees as “an extremely able practitioner who is highly rated by everyone he works with” … he has significant experience in investor-state arbitration.”
  • Chambers Europe (2008), recommended for international arbitration
  • The Legal 500 UK (2007-2010), noted for international arbitration and described in the 2010 edition as “a go-to and get-it-done arbitration lawyer”
  • Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015), listed for commercial arbitration
  • Global Arbitration Review (2009, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020), listed as a name to know
  • Global Arbitration Review (2008), noted for international arbitration
  • Good Lawyer Guide (2010) highly recommended for “outstanding” legal practice
  • Guide to the World's Leading Emerging Market Practitioners (2010), listed for commercial arbitration
  • Legal Experts (2009, 2010), listed for arbitration
  • Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Litigation & ADR (2009), listed as one of the leading disputes lawyers in the UK (Arbitration and Mediation)

Arbitration Institutions

  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), Panel of International Arbitrators 
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre, listed as an arbitrator 
  • Energy Arbitrators List, listed as arbitrator 
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, List of Arbitrators 
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Panel of Arbitrators 
  • CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals 
  • Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, listed in Roster of Arbitrators 
  • LCIA (London Court of International Arbitration) 
  • Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration, Roster of Arbitrators 
  • Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre, Panel of Arbitrators

AIPN (Association of International Petroleum Negotiators) MENA Organisation Committee, member

  • Litigation Funding - An introduction, Qatar Business Law Forum, Doha, November 2019
  • Drafting Enforceable Awards, ICC Institute Advanced Training, Presenter, Abu Dhabi, October 2019
  • Not Paying the Piper: Third-Party Funding - the Solution to Liquidity Constraints?, Moderator, The Legal 500 Middle East Disputes Summit 2019, Dubai, May 2019
  • Different Approaches to Cross-Examination and Advocacy, Panelist and advocate, 6th Annual GAR Live Istanbul, June 2018
  • Dispute Resolution in Saudi Arabia, Panelist, Association of Corporate Counsel Middle East, Dubai, January 2018.
  • Efficient Case Management Procedure with Experts, Speaker, ICC Conference on Construction Arbitration, Dubai, November 2017.
  • Bilateral Investment Treaties and Claims in Construction, Speaker, Hill International and CIOB Construction Masterclass, October 2016.
  • Perspectives in International Arbitration, Panelist, PwC seminar, Dubai, May 2014.
  • Oil & Gas Disputes in the Middle East, Panelist, AIPN and BCDR International Oil and Gas Dispute Resolution Conference, Manama, Bahrain, November 2013.
  • Oil & Gas Disputes in the Middle East, Panelist, LCIA India and AIPN Conference on Dispute Resolution in the International Oil & Gas Business, New Delhi, October 2012.
  • The Final Curtain: Post-Hearing Submissions, Deliberations and Enforcement, Panelist, The 24th Annual Institute for Transnational Arbitration workshop, Dallas, TX, June 2012.
  • The Conflict Between Bankruptcy and Arbitration, Panelist, CPR (International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution) 2010 Annual Meeting on Global ADR: The New Reality, New York, January 2010.
  • Witness Evidence: Written or Oral, Who asks the Questions?, Speaker, DIS Fall Conference on The Taking of Evidence in International Commercial Arbitration, Stuttgart, Germany, October 2009.
  • Making the Most of Multi-Tier Dispute Resolution Provisions, Speaker, Hill International and CIOB Masterclass on Construction Delay & Disruption in a Changing Economic Climate, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 2009.
  • Witness Examination Workshop for DIS 40, Presenter, German Institute of Arbitration, Young Arbitrators Group, Dusseldorf, Germany, May 2009.
  • Public Policy and the Interpretation of Substantive Standards and Protections: Is there a Place for Margins of Appreciation and Standards of Review in Applying International Investment Standards?, Panelist, Juris Third Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington D.C., April 2009.
  • Nationalism and Re-nationalism, Panelist, Regional Perspectives - Economic Nationalism, Windsor Energy Group meeting on Global Energy - Policy Needs and Priorities, November 2007. 
  • Arbitrator Conflicts, Panelist, American Bar Association International 2007 Fall Meeting, London, England, October 2007. 
  • Summary Judgment, Panelist, Chaired by Lord Justice Rix, The American Inn of Court, London, England, February 2007. 
  • Mock Arbitration for PricewaterhouseCoopers International Arbitration University, Writer and Participant - London, England, March 2006. 
  • Drafting Arbitration Clauses, Panelist, PLI International Business Litigation and Arbitration conference, New York, March 2002. 
  • Mock ICSID Arbitration, Co-author & Participant in mock ICSID arbitration for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration's 2001 conference, Dallas, Texas, 2002.
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Saudi Arabia - The Dispute Resolution Review, Co-author, 2nd Edition, 2010, 3rd Edition, 2011, 4th Edition, 2012, and 5th Edition, February 2013
  • Saudi Arabia - The Dispute Resolution Review, Co-author, 4th edition, 2012
  • Saudi Arabia - The Dispute Resolution Review, Co-author, 3rd edition, 2011
  • Effect of Party Insolvency on Arbitration Proceedings: Pause for Thought in Testing Times, Co-author, Transnational Dispute Management, Vol. 7, Issue 1, April 2010
  • Witness Evidence: Written or Oral, Who asks the Questions?, Co-author, Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Institution Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit (German Institute of Arbitration), April 2010
  • Chapter on International Arbitration - Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG): Outside Counsel Perspective Co-author, International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives, 2010
  • Saudi Arabia - The Dispute Resolution Review, Co-author, 2nd edition, 2010
  • UK looks set to hang on to major arbitration role, Co-author, Insurance Day, February 13, 2009
  • Dissenting Opinions in Arbitration Awards: More Trouble Than They are Worth?, Co-author, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Vol. 24, No. 5, May 2009
  • Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Russia: Improving, But Still Uncertain, Co-author, Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence, Vol. 7 - Issue 2 - (OGEL special issue on EU-Russia relations), May 2009
  • Practice Note on Hybrid, multi-tiered, and carve out dispute resolution clauses, Co-author, PLC Arbitration, February 2009
  • UNCITRAL Arbitration: New Rules on Transparency?, Co-author, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Vol. 23, No. 5, May 2008
  • Arbitration and New Technologies: Electronic Disclosure in International Arbitration, Co-author, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2008
  • Dell - The Case of the Hyper-Linked Arbitration Clause, Co-author, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Vol. 22, No. 11, November 2007
  • Interviewing Prospective Arbitrators, Co-author, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Vol. 22, No. 8, August 2007
  • Protecting Foreign Investments - Contract or Treaty?, Co-author, ICC UK Handbook, 2005
  • Law and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration, Contributor & Researcher, 4th edition of Redfern & Hunter, 2004
  • Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration, Co-author, The Romanian Digest, Vol. VII, No. 4, April 2002
  • The Award, Author, chapter in The Practitioner's Handbook on International Arbitration and Mediation, 2002
  • The Operator's Limitation of Liability Under the 1995 AIPN Model Form International Operating Agreement - Have We Gone Too Far?, Co-author, AIPN Advisor No. 213, November 2001
  • The Americanization of International Arbitration?, Co-author, Mealey's International Arbitration Report, Vol. 16, No. 4, April 2001
  • Force Majeure Events Overseas Can Leave Investors Poorer, Co-author, Energy Law, July 1998
Additional News & Event Pages

Recognized as “a very bright lawyer with great attention to detail and persuasive advocacy skills” and “user-friendly and approachable” in the category of Middle East-wide: Dispute Resolution

Chambers Global 2020
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