James Carter > DLA Piper > London, England > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper
160 Aldersgate Street

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London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

(Next Generation Partners)

James CarterDLA Piper

The energy and natural resources sector team at DLA Piper offers clients ‘wide experience in oil and gas issues and significant commercial experience that adds value for clients’. Leaning on its global network for support, the UK team is well placed to service international clients on cross-border matters and acts for large multinational companies, as well as governments. The team, which handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, is headed by Natasha Luther-Jones and James Carter, who focuses on high-profile and high-value disputes; Nacim Bounouara is a name to note for project development and financing work; and Philip Chong is a key name for international arbitration. The practice was recently bolstered by the arrival of Iain Elder from Shearman & Sterling LLP in April 2022, and Stuart Murdoch, who joined in Edinburgh from Burness Paull LLP, in May 2021.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

(Next Generation Partners)

James CarterDLA Piper

DLA Piper maintains a stellar reputation across mandates including  energy and resources and construction disputes and product liability cases. Class action defence is a mainstay of the practice, as is fraud work. Many of the standout practitioners in the group, including Jamie Curle, James Carter and legal director Charles Allin, are experts in cross-border disputes; Carter is noted particularly for his focus on Africa, while many of Allin’s recent highlights have a connection to the Middle East. ESG issues are a cornerstone of seasoned litigator Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry‘s practice.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals

DLA Piper has a strong focus on real estate and disputes work as it pertains to the mining sector and it acts for a range of large domestic and international clients, including large mining companies and governments. James Carter co-heads the team alongside Petra Billing, who is recommended for minerals law, litigation and dispute resolution. Mark Keeling is a name for real estate-related mining matters; Roger Collier retired.

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

DLA Piper has a strong reputation in relation to large-scale wind solar power acquisitions, sales, financings and refinancings in addition to corporate PPAs, carbon capture storage and smart metering projects. The team has an excellent track record of advising on GHG reduction, emissions trading schemes and voluntary emission reduction markets. On the disputes side, the firm is routinely instructed in complex contentious cases that spans both litigation and international arbitration. Corporate PPA expert Natasha Luther-Jones heads the practice with James Carter. Andreas Gunst is highly regarded for his advice on renewables energy certificate schemes while Fredrik Lindblom focuses on energy project finance. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of Iain Elder from Shearman & Sterling LLP in April 2022. Associates Charlotte Eliades and Jeremy MacIver do cross-border renewable energy work.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

DLA Piper‘s ‘strong‘ group handles multi-specialist, multi-jurisdiction, large-scale international commercial arbitrations that frequently arise in emerging markets. London and Madrid-based of counsel Ben Sanderson is global practice manager of the international arbitration group; Europe international arbitration head Philip Chong is an energy and infrastructure project disputes expert; Jeremy Andrews specialises in complex international arbitration; senior counsel Kate Cervantes-Knox acts in both international commercial and investor-state arbitrations; James Carter has Africa-related expertise; and Christina Lawrence acts in energy, infrastructure and mining disputes. Legal director Jue Jun Lu and senior associates Serena CookeMaria Scott and Chloe Mears, are also active team members.