James Holden

Partner, London



James Holden is a partner in the Dispute Resolution group in London, whose practice focuses on international arbitration and commercial litigation.

James specialises in providing clients with clear and commercial advice in relation to all forms of commercial dispute, working across a number of sectors including energy, infrastructure, industrials and finance.

James has experience of managing a large number of substantial international disputes for clients. A solicitor advocate, James has experience in the English High Courts (including being involved in reported cases in the Commercial and Technology & Construction Courts), as well as substantial experience of ICC and LCIA arbitrations.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
History (MA)
Christ Church, Oxford University
Nottingham Law School


James' recent experience, including prior to joining White & Case in May 2015 includes:


ICC arbitration concerning one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world
Representing the main contractor on one of the world's largest infrastructure projects located in Central America, in a series of related ICC arbitrations against the employer, worth in excess of $1bn.

ICC arbitration in respect of cargo scanning systems
Representing a US manufacturer in an ICC arbitration worth in excess of $350m against an Eastern European state arising out of a contractual dispute relating to the provision of cargo scanning equipment and services at a number of customs points across the country following a change in government. The arbitration was successfully settled following a re-negotiation of the contractual terms that dealt with the political issues raised by the new government.

ICC arbitration relating to defective circuit breakers
Representing a European German engineering company in an ICC arbitration against an Asian supplier of defective circuit breakers. The arbitration sought to recover damages in excess of $30m relating to a large scale product recall that was instigated once the defects were identified.


Warranty claim relating to a power station
Representing European clients in a significant warranty claim, valued in excess of £100m, in relation to a number of highly technical issues experienced at what was Europe's largest gas fired power station that had been purchased under an SPA. The case was named as one of "The Lawyer's" Top 20 litigation cases of 2013.

McCain Foods (GB) Ltd v Eco-Tec Europe Ltd
Advising McCain Foods on all aspects of a complex technical dispute relating to gas cleaning technology for the generation of electricity from biogas. The case was resolved during a two week trial in the Technology and Construction Court resulting in a multi-million pound award in favour of McCain, including the recovery of lost renewable energy certificates, the first time that such an award was made by the English courts.


International Arbitration: A Practical Guide, Global Law & Business, 1 December 2012