Damian is a dispute resolution barrister with a particular focus on high-stakes international arbitration and litigation. His practice primarily accents energy, oil and gas, power, infrastructure, construction, utilities, natural resources, maritime and transport disputes. Damian also advises in relation to international trade, business and general commercial disputes. He has extensive experience as counsel in complex international arbitration disputes under the ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, SIAC, HKIAC, SCMA, GAFTA, CIETAC, DIFC and LCIA rules. Damian is also highly experienced in conducting litigation proceedings before the senior courts of England and Australia, in addition to expert determination and dispute review board proceedings.
Damian retains full Higher Rights of Audience before the English courts and has also worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney and Dubai on a diverse range of global disputes, many featuring multi-billion dollar claims. He frequently presents and publishes on international arbitration topics and has guest lectured at the University of Sydney.
Recent Notable Matters
Yemeni oil company — advised on claims against a Yemeni oil and gas company, regarding LNG supply and operation contracts on a new $4 billion 2-train LNG facility in Yemen. Yemeni law applied.*
North American EPC contractor — represented in claims against a major Australian oil and gas consortium, concerning a $5 billion upstream EPC contract for coal seam gas extraction as part of a new $19 billion 2-train LNG facility in Queensland, Australia. Queensland law applied.*
British oil and gas company — represented in dispute with a U.S. energy and resources company, concerning a farmout agreement for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons onshore Colombia. English law applied.*
Italian oil and gas corporation — represented in dispute with a British gas transportation company, concerning an agreement for the pipeline transportation of natural gas and condensate from North Sea production fields to onshore England. English law applied.*
Saudi Arabian / North American JV chemical corporation — advised on claims brought by a Turkish EPC contractor on a propylene oxide plant project, forming part of a new $20 billion petrochemical complex in Saudi Arabia. English law applied.*
North American oil and gas corporation — advised on claims brought by a French onshore pipeline contractor on a new $16 billion LNG facility in Papua New Guinea. Papua New Guinean law applied.*
* Work completed prior to Bracewell
Articles in the National Law Review database by Damian Watkin