John Sykes, Partner
John specialises in corporate and commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation and much of his work is international in nature.
AboutJohn is a recognised as a leading litigator for UK and international dispute resolution and specialises in commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is a specialist in corporate dispute resolution currently working with companies and individuals in shareholder and joint venture disputes, director duties, Share Purchase Agreement claims, partnership and claims of corporate fraud. International work this year has included work in the USA, Sierra Leone, Zambia, France, Norway and the Middle East. John acted for the successful Respondent in the leading case on share valuation Irvine v Irvine.
Additionally, John acts for global technology firms in complex technology development dispute and he is currently working on a cross border trade agreement between France, the US and England, claims regarding installation of smart meter technology in homes and between leading mobile telephony operators.
John's work in financial services includes the multi billion dollar Awal litigation, complex aviation financing, and enforcement of loan agreements. John works for early and successful resolution of client’s dispute using the most cost effective tools of litigation and mediation.
John is admitted to practise in England and Wales and has experience of the courts of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, USA, France, Scotland, Dubai, Cyprus and Arbitral Bodies including ICC and LCIA.
- Irvine v Irvine; shareholders dispute which set the standard for minority discount on valuation of shares
- Hadley Keeble and Norman v Gary Kemp; the Spandau Ballet litigation
- De Beers v Atos EWHC 3276 (TCC); limitation of loss in IT development
- Awal Bank v Various; the world’s largest fraud case
- National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) Limited v Ioanna Christofi Republic of Uzbekistan v Oxus Gold
- Confidential arbitration includes wind farms, data sites, minority shareholder claims, complex technology and claims under Bilateral Investment Treaties
Force majeure and COVID-19: claims of the unexpected
John and Simon look at a force majeure claim arising out of the pandemic and the application of the Braganza duty.
John Sykes and Simon Heatley write for PLC Magazine on force majeure claims and the Braganza duty
A recent High Court decision offers an interesting analysis of a force majeure claim and the application of the Braganza duty.
Warranties on an indemnity basis: a question of damages
John and Simon take an in-depth look at warranties on an indemnity basis
ADR: navigating the path to settlement
John, Georgia and Simon consider the key issues for practitioners in relation to alternative dispute resolution and settlement
Expert evidence: walking the line of duty
John Sykes and Simon Heatley of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP examine the increasingly complex subject of expert evidence.
Commercial Law Handbook: Second Edition
Edited by Partner David Berry, the Commercial Law Handbook examines the structure of the most commonly encountered transactions