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Duncan Bagshaw has a deserved good reputation in the arbitration field.

Legal 500 2021

Duncan Bagshaw specialises in international arbitration and litigation, with particular focus on the energy sector and Africa-related disputes. He often advises on issues arising from joint ventures and commercial contracts.

Duncan is highly experienced in large international disputes in arbitration and litigation proceedings. He acts for clients on matters relating to the upstream oil and gas industry, electricity generation and supply, and renewable energy projects.

He also has particular experience in dealing with disputes arising from joint ventures in the property development, hospitality, and tourism industries.

Duncan has extensive experience in Africa, having lived and worked in the region and handled many disputes arising from African projects. He has worked on many cases involving African law and African seats of arbitration, and where there are simultaneous proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

He acts for clients in arbitration tribunals under the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), DIFC-LCIA and other rules, and before all courts of England and Wales, including the Supreme Court

Duncan believes in a creative and aggressive strategy, whilst maintaining a strong cost-benefit awareness. Duncan is a barrister and often acts as advocate in hearings, as well as providing wider strategic advice to ensure the commercially favourable resolution of disputes.

Recent work
  • International Arbitration concerning a maritime engineering contract for dredging of a major port
  • International litigation concerning a dispute over a contract for use of an FPSO (a vessel employed in extracting and processing oil offshore)
  • Acting in the Commercial Court for a Nigerian oil and gas consortium against a Chinese state financial organisation in a claim for over US$50m.
  • Appearing in three connected arbitrations in Dubai, UAE, arising from a joint venture to develop hotels in Africa.
  • Acting on behalf of an electricity supply company in an ad-hoc arbitration (London seat) in relation to a contract for electricity generation equipment in East Africa.
  • Acting for investors in arbitration proceedings, and in the Mauritius Supreme Court, arising out of a US$100m property investment project.
  • Representing a parastatal body in a claim in adjudication under a contract for dredging and other engineering works at a major African port.
  • Acting in Commercial Court proceedings to enforce an arbitration award in favour of a Canadian mining company.




"Duncan Bagshaw brought real ‘Magic Circle’ style authority and smooth confidence to what was a very tricky case that fell outside his comfort zone. I was impressed with his calmness in a very pressurised situation." Legal 500 2021

Duncan is listed as a key lawyer in Commercial Litigation by Legal 500 2020.

Did you know
Duncan lived in Mauritius for over three years.
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