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Peers and clients say

“James is a brilliant strategist and is able to manage a team and a case effortlessly”

“James is probably one of the most active partners in the field”

“He is very personable and a pleasure to work with”


James Palmer leads the dispute resolution and prevention practice at Omnia Strategy, where he has developed the firm’s distinctive law-plus approach to global troubleshooting. Drawing on his experience across the law, diplomacy, communications and policy, he delivers strategic solutions to complex problems especially those connected to sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and Asia.

James is a seasoned international arbitration lawyer specialising in investor-state and commercial arbitration proceedings. He has advised and acted for multinationals, private clients, governments and state entities in proceedings under the rules of ICSID, ICC, SCC, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL, in cases involving: finance, oil and gas/energy, mining, infrastructure, shareholder relationships, joint ventures, transport and utilities. James also plays an influential role in Omnia’s dynamic business and human rights work where arbitral mechanisms are increasingly recognised to play an important role in accountability and justice.

James’ experience extends to a number of proceedings under the OIC Treaty as well as those governed by common law, investment treaties and public international law. James is a qualified solicitor and admitted to the Roll in England and Wales. He was named a “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers directory and became Omnia’s youngest partner in 2017.

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