Jonathan Sutcliffe

Partner

jonathan.sutcliffe@bakerbotts.com

Dubai

P: +971.4.436.3635 F: +971.4.436.3735
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Jonathan Sutcliffe is a partner in the firm’s Dubai office. He has significant experience in international arbitration and dispute resolution and acts for numerous clients on a diverse range of international commercial arbitration, ADR and litigation matters in the energy, construction, hospitality, real estate, defense, insurance, international joint venture and film sectors and on investor-state disputes. Mr. Sutcliffe also sits as an arbitrator.

Mr. Sutcliffe is qualified in England and Wales and is registered as an advocate in the DIFC Courts. He is recommended for international arbitration and projects and energy disputes by various leading legal guides, including Chambers, The Legal 500 and The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration.

Related Experience

  • Representing a Gulf country government organ in an ad hoc arbitration regarding the construction of a major social infrastructure project regarding claims for acceleration and prolongation costs
  • Representing a contractor in a DIFC seat arbitration under the DIFC-LCIA rules relating to a dispute with a joint venture partner concerning MEP works for an airport
  • Representing a Gulf country individual and sports club against their former adviser in a London seat LCIA arbitration regarding a sports-related development project and in English court proceedings
  • Advising a U.S. oil company regarding a dispute with the government of Kurdistan under a Production Sharing Contract
  • Representing the Employer in a Dubai seat ICC arbitration involving a mixed-use tower in Dubai regarding claims for extensions of time, prolongation costs and counterclaims for liquidated damages and other losses
  • Advising a U.S. oilfield services and engineering company with respect to a dispute with its Middle East customer regarding compliance of gas metering equipment with specification and issues relating to a site accident
  • Representing the Employer in a Dubai seat DIAC arbitration against the Contractor regarding the construction of a large scale residential housing project in Dubai concerning issues of delay, prolongation costs and variations
  • Representing an hotel owner in a Cairo seat UNCITRAL arbitration against an international hotel management company regarding the termination of an hotel management agreement concerning an hotel in Cairo
  • Representing an international organization in an UNCITRAL arbitration regarding the supply of goods and services by a Saudi Arabian company
  • Advising a major U.S. oilfield services company with respect to court proceedings in the U.A.E. regarding the termination of an oilfield services contract with respect to an offshore oilfield
  • Advising a purchaser of two plots of land for development in Dubai Marina regarding the transfer of title to the plots and damages resulting from the delay in transfer
  • Advising a contractor with respect to the settlement of its claims against a Dubai World company through the restructuring and settlement process set up to deal with creditor claims
  • Advising a Canadian oilfield services company with respect to court proceedings in Erbil, Kurdistan relating to the seizure and recovery of drilling equipment
  • Advising various clients with respect to the termination of agency, distributorship and sales representation agreements in Kuwait
  • Representing a major U.S. engineering firm in relation to a dispute about the design and construction of a highway in the Middle East
  • Representing a major U.S. oilfield services company in an Houston seat ICC arbitration against its joint venture partner concerning an oilfield services joint venture in the Middle East
  • Advising a golf course landscaping company in a dispute with a golf course developer in Dubai
  • Advising a group of partners in a major accounting firm regarding their move to another major accounting firm in the Middle East
  • Representing a facilities management company in a dispute with a government property developer in the Dubai World Special Tribunal regarding a facilities management contract
  • Representing a purchaser of units in the Burj Khalifa in a Dubai seat DIAC arbitration regarding cancelation of the purchase and payment issues
  • Advising a U.S. and Asian sub-contractor regarding a dispute with a main contractor in respect of the construction of certain parts of a light rail system in the Middle East
  • Advising a construction company on a dispute between consortium members in respect of a marine dredging project in the Middle East
  • Representing the seller of a Russian mobile telephone retail business in linked London seat LCIA arbitrations concerning payment and breach of warranty issues
  • Advising an international tobacco company regarding litigation in Saudi Arabia involving various tobacco distributors
  • Representing a major U.S. chemicals manufacturer in a London seat ICC arbitration against its joint venture partner concerning a chemicals manufacturing joint venture in the Middle East
  • Advising a North American energy company regarding structuring its investment in an offshore oil field to obtain bilateral investment treaty protection
  • Advising an European oilfield services company in a dispute relating to the design, manufacture, delivery and operation of process plant on board a floating process storage and offloading platform (FPSO) offshore Africa, involving multiple contracts with different governing laws and various fora in which the disputes were to be resolved
  • Advising a U.S. oil company in a dispute relating to repairs and downtime in respect of a drilling rig for an oilfield offshore Africa
  • Advising a global telecommunications company on enforcement of a foreign arbitral award and a foreign court judgment in the UK
  • Representing a U.S. oil company in a London seat LCIA arbitration concerning a Joint Operating Agreement drilling costs dispute in respect of an oilfield offshore West Africa
  • Advising a Chinese State-owned company in relation to a London seat LCIA arbitration involving 3D seismic survey services in connection with a proposed investment by the State-owned company in an oil field in Central Africa
  • Representing a U.S. energy company in an ICSID arbitration in respect of its investment during privatization in an electricity generating company in a Latin American State arising out of additional tax assessments imposed by the State
  • Acting for a Russian energy company in a London seat LCIA arbitration arising from its merger with another Russian energy company
  • Representing a Russian energy company in a London seat UNCITRAL arbitration relating to crude oil supplies to a Central European oil refiner
  • Acting for a Swiss oil trading company in a London seat UNCITRAL arbitration relating to crude oil supplies to a Central European oil refiner
  • Acting for a U.S. energy company in its ICSID arbitration relating to gas transportation assets against a Latin American State under a bilateral investment treaty
  • Acting for an international consortium in a Geneva seat ICC arbitration against a State relating to the transfer of power stations to private operation
  • Representing a client in an ad hoc London seat insurance arbitration involving a number of major insurance entities in relation to claims of £500 million
  • Acting for a financial institution in its dispute with a borrower group (a German and Dutch cable TV and telephony business), encompassing a number of different proceedings in the English High Court and German courts and involving integrating advice on English, German and Dutch law
  • Advising a paper industry client on its potential claims against a Central Asian State under a bilateral investment treaty
  • Defending an energy client in an UNCITRAL arbitration commenced by its drilling rig construction contractor
  • Advising a UK defense industry client on its dispute relating to the termination of its commercial representation arrangements with a Middle Eastern adviser
  • Representing a South Asian State in an ICSID arbitration commenced by a Swiss entity under a bilateral investment treaty
  • Representing a Spanish film distributor in a number of Los Angeles seat American Film Marketing Association arbitrations concerning the distribution of over 15 motion pictures and other programs
  • Representing an African government authority in a Paris seat ICC arbitration relating to the construction of roads in the African State by an European contractor
  • Acting for a U.S. medical products company in a Japan Commercial Arbitration Association arbitration against its joint venture partner in Japan
  • Representing a U.S. entity providing business outplacement and counseling services in an AAA arbitration against its Japanese licensee
  • Acting for an oil company in a London seat multi-party UNCITRAL arbitration against the operator of a Latin American offshore oilfield relating to cost-overruns under the Joint Operating Agreement
  • Defending a UK defense industry client in English High Court litigation relating to an agency agreement with a Middle Eastern adviser
  • Advising a UK entertainment industry client in an expert determination relating to the accountancy principles and practices to be applied to the calculation of amounts under a key executive’s earn-out provisions
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern energy company in a London seat LCIA arbitration relating to a fuel oil pipeline project in Pakistan
  • Acting for an English automotive parts manufacturer in English High Court litigation relating to warranties under a business sale and purchase
  • Acting for a Western European State electricity body in a London seat arbitration concerning the long-term supply of liquefied natural gas from Africa under a take or pay contract
  • Acting for a U.S. energy company in North Sea gas take or pay (and related) litigation in the English High Court

Awards & Community

  • Chambers Global, recognized as a “key disputes name” (2011 edition), a “good technical operator and a bright man” (2012), a “tenacious litigator” and “particularly distinguished” (2013), “user-friendly, accessible and commercially astute” (2014), "garnering praise for his advocacy" and demonstrating "an impressive track record" (2015), “a highly respected disputes lawyer” (2016) and “a brilliant lawyer who is very knowledgeable and approachable and very articulate and practical” (2017) in the category of Dispute Resolution: United Arab Emirates; recognized as having “considerable experience in international arbitration” (2013 edition), as an “excellent arbitration practitioner” (2014), working "extensively across the Middle East" (2015), “highly regarded in the UAE” and as doing “a very good job” (2016) and “an excellent practitioner” (2017) in the category of Middle East-wide: Dispute Resolution
  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, noted as having “built an impressive track record in arbitration” (2011) and as “one of the best international arbitration energy lawyers in the market” (2012) (United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution); noted for United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution (2013); recognized as a “go-to international arbitration lawyer” for United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution and noted for United Arab Emirates, Construction (2014); recognized as “well-regarded” for United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution and recommended for United Arab Emirates, Construction (2015); noted for United Arab Emirates, Dispute Resolution (2016) and for United Arab Emirates, Construction (2016); recognized as being "extremely thorough" for United Arab Emirates Dispute Resolution (2017)
  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa Guide (2009, 2010), noted for international arbitration
  • The International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration/Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; listed as one of the world's leading practitioners in the field of commercial arbitration; rated as "among the leading experts in the UAE" (2017)
  • Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Future Leaders (2017), "In Dubai, Jonathan Sutcliffe at Baker Botts is "among the leading experts in the UAE"
  • Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Arbitration (2017)
  • Chambers UK (2010), recommended for international arbitration and projects and energy disputes and described as “extremely articulate, well prepared and capable of handling complex issues”
  • Chambers UK (2009), ranked as a leading individual for international arbitration and described as “a well-rounded strategic and technical practitioner” and “definitely one to watch”
  • Chambers UK (2008), recommended for international arbitration and described as drawing “plaudits from interviewees as “an extremely able practitioner who is highly rated by everyone he works with” … he has significant experience in investor-state arbitration.”
  • Chambers Europe (2008), recommended for international arbitration
  • The Legal 500 UK (2007-2010), noted for international arbitration and described in the 2010 edition as “a go-to and get-it-done arbitration lawyer”
  • Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015), listed for commercial arbitration
  • Global Arbitration Review (2009, 2010, 2016, 2017), listed as a name to know
  • Global Arbitration Review (2008), noted for international arbitration
  • Good Lawyer Guide (2010) highly recommended for “outstanding” legal practice
  • Guide to the World's Leading Emerging Market Practitioners (2010), listed for commercial arbitration
  • Legal Experts (2009, 2010), listed for arbitration
  • Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Litigation & ADR (2009), listed as one of the leading disputes lawyers in the UK (Arbitration and Mediation)

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