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

With ‘strength in depth when it comes to international arbitration‘, Dentons‘ London practice has considerable energy and construction disputes expertise. It is also active in post-M&A and shareholder disputes, as well as major investment treaty claims. Leading the international arbitration practice in the UK,  Liz Tout is particularly expert in large energy-related commercial arbitrations; Dan Bodle has ‘a first-rate legal brain‘; James Langley regularly acts in disputes involving parties from the Middle East or Africa; and Dominic Pellew is a CIS-related arbitration specialist. Counsel Matthew Vinall is ‘hugely experienced‘, while Catherine Gilfedder is ‘among the London market’s strongest senior associates‘.