Awards

Chambers Global 2024

Chambers Global 2024

Next Generation Partner

Next Generation Partner

John Lewis Head of general commercial litigation and international arbitration for the Middle East

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John Lewis

John Lewis
Head of general commercial litigation and international arbitration for the Middle East

T: +971 4 407 3900 M: +971 56 934 4447 Email John | vCard Office: Dubai

John is the head of dispute resolution and international arbitration for the Middle East, with over fifteen years' experience practicing in the region. He specialises in handling regional and international commercial litigation and arbitration disputes spanning various industries and sectors.
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With a solid track record, John consistently obtains successful outcomes for his clients. He skillfully guides them through the dispute resolution process in both common and civil law jurisdictions, providing advice that takes into account the practical aspects of operating in and out of the region.

John's technical expertise, coupled with his ability in assisting clients across various commercial disputes is acknowledged in prominent global legal directories. He is recognised as a 'Next Generation Partner' in the Legal 500 2023 Guide for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation, and he is also ranked among leading individuals for Dispute Resolution in the Chambers and Partners Global 2024 Guide. He was also featured in the Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist Middle East (2022 and 2023), where clients describe him as a "a top-notch practitioner with a strong commercial litigation practice."

 John’s extensive experience and reputation in managing high-profile professional negligence defence-related cases throughout the region have earned him recognition as the first UAE-based lawyer recommended as a 'Global Leader' for professional negligence disputes by Whos’ Who Legal’s Global Guide. Furthermore, he is listed as a 'Leader' for arbitration and commercial litigation within this guide. 

“John is a trusted partner to our business...one of his most outstanding qualities is his ability to lead during meetings with our senior management team and other stakeholders.”  
The Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist Middle East, 2023

  • Commercial litigation
  • International arbitration

Obtaining a significant judgment for damages relating to the unlawful termination of a services agreement involving a high-profile regional healthcare provider in DIFC Court proceedings.

Defending a US$1 billion civil claim alleging breach of contractual obligations in performance of a financial advisory services agreement before the UAE Courts. 

Defending a professional services firm in matters arising out of the joint audit of a Middle East-based company, including a regulatory investigation, criminal complaints and multiple civil claims.

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Successfully enforcing a significant award for damages in relation to a cancelled UAE real estate project on behalf of a group of individual investor clients in DIAC arbitration proceedings.

Representing a UAE free zone authority in successfully obtaining a significant award in arbitration proceedings relating to a developer’s breach of construction obligations.

Representing a leading private equity firm in three concurrent Indian seated arbitrations relating to an underlying shareholder dispute and the enforcement of associated indemnities and guarantees.

More: International arbitration

  • Accountancy firms

Defending a US$1 billion civil claim filed against a professional services firm in the context of an audit and advisory engagement.

Defending a professional services firm in matters arising out of the joint audit of a Kuwaiti company, including a regulatory investigation, criminal complaints and multiple civil claims.

Representing a professional services firm in DFSA Regulatory Proceedings concerning breaches of DFSA audit standards.

More: Accountancy firms

Awards

Chambers Global 2024

Chambers Global 2024

Next Generation Partner

Next Generation Partner

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25 Mar 2024

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Partner John Lewis joins Stephenson Harwood to lead General Commercial Litigation & International Arbitration practice in the Middle East

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its dispute resolution practice in the Middle East with the arrival of partner John Lewis, who joins the firm in Dubai..

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