James M. Turner QC is a commercial advocate specialising in commercial contractual disputes across sectors including international commercial arbitration, energy, shipbuilding, offshore construction, shipping and banking.
He appears in and on appeals from the Commercial Court and has extensive experience of arbitration, appearing before (and sitting as arbitrator in) domestic and international arbitral bodies (such as HKIAC, LCIA, ICC and LMAA) as well as in ad hoc matters.
Many of his cases require the co-ordination of a range of expert specialisms, ideally suited to James’s down to earth approach, team-building skills and highly-regarded technical knowledge. Reflecting the invariably international character of his practice, James has extensive experience in dealing with foreign law and multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has a particular eye for appreciating and addressing cultural barriers in international arbitration.
James is frequently instructed in charterparty, bill of lading and sale of goods and ship-sale disputes of all hues, involving cargo damage, unseaworthiness, maintenance, due diligence, ISM, off-hire, withdrawal, safe port, bunker contamination, purchase options, demurrage and detention, cancellation, faulty repair, title, risk, rejection (and so on) – and the many and varied issues which arise in connection with them.
He is particularly adept at difficult issues of contractual construction; technical disputes requiring an ability to master engineering and scientific expert evidence; and cases requiring a good knowledge and understanding of ships and seamanship. He is the co-author of Derrington & Turner on Admiralty Matters (2nd Ed., OUP, 2016), a multi-jurisdictional practitioners’ guide to ship arrest and related matters.
A technophile throughout his career, James takes a close interest in technological developments in the maritime sector.