Fried Frank Partner James Barratt Appointed as a Recorder
Accolades | January 26, 2022
The appointment will take effect from 26 January 2022.
Mr. Barratt has been assigned to sit on the South Eastern Circuit and will be dealing with criminal matters.
Mark Mifsud, Managing Partner of Fried Frank’s London office said: “This is a great achievement and honour for James and we extend our whole-hearted congratulations on his appointment. James continues with his busy practice in representing our clients in their most complex and challenging international disputes.”
Mr. Barratt focuses on international commercial arbitration, public international law, and investment arbitration. He has served as counsel in more than 100 international arbitrations, where the amounts in dispute have often exceed US$1 billion and where he has often led the team and conducted the advocacy as the first-chair. He has also been appointed to sit as an arbitrator.
Mr. Barratt is an English qualified barrister with full rights of audience before all English courts. He was called to the Bar in 2001 (Middle Temple) and was awarded the Diplock Major Scholarship and was a Harmsworth Entrance Exhibitioner. He appears frequently as an advocate before international arbitral tribunals and the English High Court, including in ss. 67 and 68 challenges to arbitral awards. He is also a Part II registered advocate before the DIFC Courts and has appeared before the DIFC Court of Appeal in one of seminal cases on the jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts.
Mr. Barratt has been recognized for over a decade as one of the leading international arbitration lawyers under 45 years of age. In particular, he has been recognized for several years in Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration as a future leader in the partners category, Expert Guides as rising star for International Arbitration, Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 UK in the International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation: Premium categories. Clients report to Legal 500 UK that he is an ‘experienced advocate with sound judgement’, ‘of high intellectual quality and also very pleasant to work with’, and ‘exceptional – incredibly intelligent and dedicated’.
Mr. Barratt will continue with his international arbitration practice while undertaking his part-time judicial responsibilities.
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