James Langley > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration


As a partner with Higher Rights of Audience, James focuses on international arbitration, including both commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration, as well as commercial litigation and mediation. He has experience of arbitration and litigation predominantly within the energy and infrastructure, telecoms, financial services, shipping and sports sectors, including proceedings under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, LMAA, DIFC-LCIA and ADCCAC (Abu Dhabi) arbitration rules.

Much of James’ practice focuses on projects in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and Latin America. James has most recently worked for: a South Asian state defending a BIT claim by a UAE entity under the UNCITRAL Rules relating to a bauxite mining project; a multinational energy company in an arbitration under the ICC Rules relating to a dispute concerning completion under an SPA; and a South Asian state pursuing and defending claims in the English courts relating to challenges/appeals to arbitral awards worth several billion dollars. James has benefited from secondments to Moscow and Dubai during his time at the Firm.


Solicitor, Senior Courts of England and Wales, 2008

Solicitor Advocate, Higher Courts of England and Wales, Higher Rights of Audience


BPP Law School, 2005, Legal Practice Course

BPP Law School, 2004, Graduate Diploma in Law

St Anne’s College, Oxford University, 2003, BA, Modern History

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

(Next Generation Partners)

James LangleyDentons

Dentons‘ team is best known for energy, infrastructure and project-related disputes, as well as its work involving Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia/CIS, and the Middle East. Energy disputes specialist Liz Tout leads the team, which includes London and Moscow-based arbitration specialist Dominic Pellew, energy and TMT expert Dan Bodle, and the ‘extremely smartJames Langley. Counsel Matthew Vinall is ‘particularly good with numbers‘, and senior associate Catherine Gilfedder acts in commercial and investment treaty disputes.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

Dentons‘ practice covers investment treaty disputes, treaty interpretation, investment protection, sovereign immunity, state responsibility, state succession and sanctions. In addition, other key areas include WTO issues, and business and human rights issues. Energy specialist Liz Tout leads the practice, which includes experienced partners Roger Matthews, James Langley and senior associate Catherine Gilfedder.