Duncan Bagshaw > Howard Kennedy LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Howard Kennedy LLP

Work Department

Commercial Dispute Resolution


Duncan Bagshaw specialises in international arbitration and  litigation, with particular focus on the energy sector and Africa-related disputes. He often advises on issues arising from joint ventures and commercial contracts.

Duncan is a highly experienced lawyer who advises on large international disputes in arbitration and litigation proceedings. He acts for clients on matters relating to the upstream oil and gas industry, electricity generation and supply, and renewable energy projects.

He also has particular experience dealing with disputes arising from joint ventures in the property development, hospitality and tourism industries.

Duncan handles cases from all over the world, and has particular experience in Africa, having lived and worked in the region and handled many disputes arising from African projects. He has worked on many cases involving African law and African seats of arbitration, and where there are simultaneous proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

He acts for clients in arbitration tribunals under the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), DIFC-LCIA and other rules, and before all courts of England and Wales, including the Supreme Court.

Duncan believes in a creative and aggressive strategy, whilst maintaining a strong cost-benefit awareness. He is a barrister and often acts as advocate in hearings, as well as, providing wider strategic advice to ensure the commercially favourable resolution of disputes.



Lawyer Rankings

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s power offering has strong capabilities advising on the array of energy matters, with particular focus on clean technologies, namely being offshore and onshore wind, solar photo-voltaic, energy storage, combined heat and power (CHP), district heating and cooling and electric vehicles, amongst others. It also has developing expertise in battery storage work. In addition to its advisory work, the team has a strong reputation for its abilities handling contentious work both nationally and in emerging markets; this is Duncan Bagshaw‘s particular area of focus. Specialist in low carbon and renewables work Jonathan Cohen leads the team, and is noted as ‘dedicated’ with an ‘in-depth knowledge of energy law’. ‘Hardworking’ legal director Jane Brassington is also a key team member.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s ‘diverse and very interesting practice‘ handles significant international cases that frequently involve states or state-owned entities, particularly in Africa and the Indian sub-continent.  Group leader Duncan Bagshawfights extremely hard for his clients‘, while India group chair Arish Bharucha, a May 2022 partner recruit from Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP, regularly acts in India-related arbitrations and arbitration matters in court. Legal director Ayesha Salim assists with contractual, company, shareholder, partnership, and joint venture disputes.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Housing ‘seasoned litigators who know how to win‘, Howard Kennedy LLP‘s commercial litigation team has a significant track record in complex, cross-border disputes and High Court cases that set new precedents for novel legal issues. Dominic Offord is ‘an outstanding group head and litigator‘; Joel Leigh‘s practice covers claims arising from partnership and shareholder disputes, insolvency and regulatory scenarios, and professional negligence-related litigation; Duncan Bagshaw is an expert in Africa-related energy disputes; and India group chair Arish Bharucha is ‘a polished performer‘. At legal director level, James Wingfield and Ayesha Salim both act in major commercial disputes.