Duncan Bagshaw:


Duncan is a partner specialising in international arbitration and litigation, with particular experience in the energy sector, disputes arising from joint ventures and in Africa.

Duncan is highly experienced in large and international disputes in arbitration and litigation proceedings.

He has acted in 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.

Most of Duncan's cases have involved international disputes. Many of them have concerned contracts for projects in Africa and the Middle East.

Duncan has appeared before arbitration tribunals under the LCIA, ICC, LCIA-DIFC and other rules, and before all courts of England and Wales, including the Supreme Court.

Duncan is a barrister and often acts as an advocate in hearings, and well as providing wider strategic advice.

Duncan believes in a creative and aggressive strategy, with cost-benefit awareness.

Duncan is recommended by Legal 500 for international arbitration. Clients described him as "very responsive and engaged throughout". He was named in the Legal 500 "Africa Powerlist" and "International Arbitration Powerlist" in 2019.

Who's Who Legal 2019 reports: Duncan "has a sharp mind and is extremely eloquent” note peers, who commend his “hugely impressive advocacy skills” as well as his strong specialism in Africa-related disputes.

Recent work

  • Nigerian oil block - Acting in the Commercial Court for a Nigerian oil and gas consortium against a Chinese state financial organisation in a claim for over $50m.
  • Appearing in two arbitrations in Dubai, UAE, arising from a joint venture to develop hotels.
  • Tanzania electricity supply - Acting on behalf of an electricity supply company in an ad-hoc arbitration (London seat) in relation to a contract for electricity generation equipment.
  • Property development scheme - Acting for investors, in arbitration proceedings, and in the Mauritius Supreme Court, arising out of a US$100-million property investment project.
  • East African marine engineering project - representing a parastatal body in a claim in adjudication under a contract for dredging and other engineering works at a major African port.
  • Venezuela mining investment - Acting in Commercial Court proceedings to enforce an arbitration award in favour of a Canadian mining company.

Random fact

Duncan  lived in Mauritius for over three years.