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James Fox

Managing Partner (Dubai) , Dubai

James is Managing Partner of Dubai and Head of Dispute Resolution in the Middle East. He joined DWF in 2017 from a Band 1 listed firms Abu Dhabi office where he was Head of Dispute Resolution.
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James practices commercial litigation, arbitration and ADR and has specific expertise in complex litigation, high value asset recovery, enforcement and financial services litigation.

He has resolved business critical disputes before the DIFC, onshore UAE and English Courts and under the rules of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC), the ICC Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the DIFC-LCIA.

James represents banks, global IT companies, high profile funds and litigation funders. He also advises defence and security companies in the region on most areas of their business, including contracts with GHQ, the Presidential Guard, Tawazun Economic Council, issues with local agents and offset obligations.

James has more than 12 years’ experience in the Middle East and has rights of audience before the DIFC Courts. He is a member of the IBA Arab Regional Forum and the ADGM Court advisory group.


James is an officer of the International Bar Association Arab Regional Forum and a member of the ADGM Court Private Law Firm Group.