We are delighted to announce that James Woolrich joined Three Stone as a tenant on 9 September 2019.
James originally qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and a solicitor advocate in 2010. During his career in private practice, he has worked at 3 major international law firms, most recently at Jenner & Block LLP, where he was a partner in its London office.
James has a broad commercial practice working for corporate and banking clients, encompassing international arbitration and complex commercial disputes, often with cross-border elements. He has gained substantial experience of applying for post-arbitration award/judgment enforcement measures, and in that connection has dealt with a wide range of applications for relief and related jurisdictional issues.
Prior to being called to the Bar (in July 2019), James was identified in the 2018/19 edition of The Legal 500 as one of its ‘Next Generation Lawyers’ in the Commercial Disputes category and was described as a “great strategist” in its practice write-up for Jenner & Block’s International Arbitration group.
His recent engagements at Jenner & Block included:
- Acting in ongoing multi-jurisdiction enforcement proceedings on behalf of the award creditor (in England, Cyprus, India and the Isle of Man) in respect of two LCIA arbitration awards now worth over $500m (numerous decisions, including:  EWHC 1323 (Comm),  2 All ER (Comm) 1137;  EWCA Civ 1512;  EWHC 1323 (Comm);  EWHC 3131 (Comm),  1 All ER (Comm) 336;  EWHC 467 (Comm);  EWHC 3704,  1 All ER (Comm) 305;  EWHC 86 (Comm);  EWHC 597 (Comm); Ex.P.132/2014 11 April 2017 (Delhi High Court); CHP/2013/66 4 July 2018 and 4 February 2019 (Isle of Man High Court);
- Representing an investor in a significant investment treaty claim against an Eastern European State in relation to real estate projects;
- Advising an Eastern European bank on complex conflict of laws issues arising in relation to a dispute connected to a finance agreement and an apparent fraud;
- Advising individual defendants to civil claims brought against them by a foreign tax authority in relation to an alleged £1bn withholding tax fraud;
- Representing an investor in a BVI mining company in relation to:
- (i) a dispute concerning information-provision obligations and repayment covenants in an Investment Agreement (LCIA Rules, London seat) and
- (ii) a dispute concerning shareholder rights (BVI Commercial Court);
- Advising a US defence contractor in relation to a high-value breach of contract dispute (LCIA Rules, London seat).
James said “I am delighted to be joining Three Stone following my transfer to the Bar. The clerking team here is second to none and I look forward to working alongside chambers’ high-quality members.”
Justin Brown (senior clerk) said “I am very pleased that James accepted John McDonnell’s invitation to join us. He has an outstanding reputation, and his existing expertise will be a perfect fit with the work of chambers. I am sure he will be very successful. James joins us shortly after Stephen Woodward, also formerly a partner in a very well-respected firm. We are continuing to receive some excellent applications to join chambers and all I can say is watch this space ….”