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James Willn

T: +971 4 407 3922 M: +971 52 865 9482 Email James | Vcard Office: Dubai

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James Willn Partner

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James Willn

James Willn
Partner

T: +971 4 407 3922 M: +971 52 865 9482 Email James | Vcard Office: Dubai

A dispute resolution lawyer who advises an extensive range of clients on the formation of international contracts and disputes, primarily within the offshore oil, gas, construction, energy and shipping industries. 
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James has particular expertise in litigating disputes for offshore and onshore contractors as well as shipyards. He is also regularly instructed to negotiate the formation of construction and shipbuilding contracts, offshore drilling contracts and long term charter contracts of specialist offshore vessels.

James is now widely recognised as one of the leading sanctions lawyers in the market. He has been heavily involved in advising various international companies on their Iran operations, since the relief from sanctions as per the JCPOA. He has assisted Shipbuilders, owners, IOCs, contractors and airlines on the structuring of their business for the formation of contracts with Iranian entities, as well as advising on due diligence and compliance aspects of Iranian trade, in light of the US sanctions against Iran that remain in place.

Recent experience includes acting for an offshore contractor in an US$80 million dispute with an oil and gas company, a US$40 million LMAA arbitration dispute for a shipowner against a Korean shipyard, representing a drilling contractor in a US$73 million dispute regarding the sale of a jack up drill rig and acting for an offshore contractor in the formation of a series of shipbuilding contracts for new build survey vessels.

Within construction and engineering, James recently acted for the sub-contractor in a US$50 million dispute relating to the expansion of the Habshan Gas Power Plant in Abu Dhabi as well as a multi-national engineering company in a 275 million Saudi Riyal dispute relating to the construction of four gas treatment centres in Saudi Arabia.

  • Sanctions
  • Shipbuilding and offshore construction
  • Construction and engineering dispute resolution

International oil tanker company

Advising on a successful recovery of unpaid charter hire (total value US$5 million) relating to one of their VLCC Vessels. 

International cargo carrier

Advising an international cargo carrier on its chartering activities in relation to the export of petroleum products from Iran in accordance with the Joint Plan Of Action and certain relief from US and EU sanctions against Iran.

International oil tanker company

Advising in relation to a US$25 million shipbuilding dispute, where the shipyard refused to complete construction of the vessel due to the alleged implications of US and EU Sanctions against Iranian entities.

UAE salvage company

Advising on the implications of EU and US sanctions and operating in the South Pars gas field owned and operated by the National Iranian Oil Company.

Offshore marine contractor

Advising on its corporate structure and finance agreements with regards Iran sanctions and compliance, to enable it to enter into contracts services with National Iranian Oil Company.

International airline

Advising on Iran sanctions, compliance and an application to OFAC, with regards to an aircraft sale to an Iranian airline.

International ship building contractor

Advising on Iran sanctions and compliance, with regards to a joint venture to establish a new shipyard in Iran.

International marine engine supplier

Advising on export licensing of components to an Iranian entity, via a successful application to OFAC for a specific license.

Offshore marine contractor

Advising on Iran sanctions and compliance with regards to tendering for the development of the South Pars gas field (Iran).

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Acting for a Middle Eastern onshore drilling contractor with respect to a US$150 million claim against a state owned oil and gas company for additional sums due for the construction of 11 oil and gas wells in Iraq.

Acting for a Norwegian offshore drilling company, in respect of a US$30 million payment dispute with a multi-national energy exploration company.

Advising an offshore contractor upon the formation of an EPIC contract with an oil and gas major for an ultra-deep water sub-sea installation in Angola (project value US$1 billion).

In house secondment for a successful US$80 million mediation with the employer (Australian oil and gas major) with respect to the construction and installation of an offshore gas production platform - "North Rankin B".

Representing a drilling contractor in a US$73 million dispute regarding the sale of a jack up drill rig and acting for an offshore contractor in the formation of a series of shipbuilding contracts for new build survey vessels. 

Advised on a US$40 million LMAA arbitration dispute for a shipowner against a Korean shipyard.

Advised owners on the purchase of 4 newbuild VLGC's from a leading Korean shipyard, total project value US$390 million. 

James was the lead associate advising a seismic vessel contractor on sanctions related issues with respect to subsea operations, Russia. 

Advising a Turkish shipyard on the purchase of 6 shallow water drill rigs from a multi-national offshore drilling company.

More: Shipbuilding and offshore construction

Acting for the contractor in a 275 million SAR dispute relating to the construction of four gas treatment centres in ​Saudi Arabia.

Acting for the contractor in a US$50 million dispute relating to the expansion of the Habshan Gas Power Plant in Abu Dhabi.

Acting for the contractor in a series of adjudications totalling in excess of £7 million, to determine the value of the work completed by the contractor on a co-firing biomass power station. Clients were specialists in the maintenance and repair of power plants, specifically cooling towers.

Acting for a sub-contractor in a £5.4 million variation claim against the main contractor in respect of the construction of a £23 million off shore hydro-electric power station in the North Sea. 
 
More: Construction and engineering dispute resolution
  • Construction and engineering
Acting for the contractor in a 275 million SAR dispute relating to the construction of four gas treatment centres in the Kingdom.

Acting for the contractor in a US$50 million dispute relating to the expansion of the Habshan Gas Power Plant in Abu Dhabi.

Acting for the contractor in a series of adjudications totalling in excess of £7 million, to determine the value of the work completed by the contractor on a co-firing biomass power station. Clients were specialists in the maintenance and repair of power plants, specifically cooling towers.

Acting for a sub-contractor in a £5.4 million variation claim against the main contractor in respect of the construction of a £23 million off shore hydro-electric power station in the North Sea. 
 
More: Construction and engineering
  • Iran

Offshore marine contractor

Advising an offshore marine contractor on its corporate structure and finance agreements with regards Iran sanctions and compliance, to enable it to enter into contracts services with National Iranian Oil Company.

International airline

Advising an international airline on Iran sanctions, compliance and an application to OFAC, with regards to an aircraft sale to an Iranian airline.

International ship building contractor 

Advising an international ship building contractor, on Iran sanctions and compliance, with regards to a joint venture to establish a new shipyard in Iran.

International marine engine supplier

Advising an international marine engine supplier on export licensing of components to an Iranian entity, via a successful application to OFAC for a specific license.

Offshore marine contractor

Advising an offshore marine contractor on Iran sanctions and compliance with regards to tendering for the development of the South Pars gas field (Iran).

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