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James Harbridge



Level 8, Building 6
Emaar Square, Sheikh Zayed Road
PO Box 53934 Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Office Telephone: +971 4 423 0555
Office Fax: +971 4 425 7941

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James Harbridge is a partner in our Dubai office and has been based exclusively in the Middle East for the last 19 years.

He qualified as a lawyer in England in 1995, and has dedicated his legal career to the field of dispute resolution, which includes the following specialist areas: construction, taxation, employment law, lease disputes, franchise matters and insurance issues.

In July 1999, James relocated to Muscat, Oman to join a high-profile international law firm, where he became a partner in 2005.

In mid-2009, James established a highly successful litigation and arbitration practice for a different international law firm in Oman. As a result, he has regularly been acknowledged as a Tier 1 litigator by Chambers and Legal 500.

In short, James has approximately 17 years' Omani law experience, in both local Court cases and arbitration. He very much enjoys working with Arabist advocate colleagues, and is a great admirer of Arabic jurisprudence.

In mid-2016, James moved to Dubai to head the international dispute resolution practice of a well-known international law firm.

James has significant experience acting for multinational and Middle Eastern clients in a wide range of high-value and complex disputes, with particular expertise in construction arbitration and the Oman market.

Whilst James has historically accumulated an exceptional range of experience in a number of legal areas, today, James’ practice comprises 80 – 90 per cent construction dispute resolution.

Chambers Global 2019, one client described James as "an extremely responsible, courteous and knowledgeable individual."

James maintains a strong reputation in the Omani market, with clients observing that he is "an extremely responsive, courteous and knowledgeable lawyer who goes the extra mile to meet client expectations" (Chambers Global 2019).

James is qualified in England and Wales.

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The firm's Dubai office opened in 2006 and has grown significantly over the years.

Now with 13 partners, 1 legal director and 26 associates, the office offers both GCC clients and international clients with operations in the region an integrated service covering dispute resolution, transactions and regulation across a number of industry sectors. Our team of lawyers, many of whom are Arabic speakers, come from diverse backgrounds and have a strong understanding of and established working relationships with government departments, regulatory bodies, agencies and locally qualified lawyers throughout the GCC region. Our experience shows that this facilitates the faster resolution of any difficulties our clients face.

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