Practice areas


  • Edinburgh University, LLB with distinction 1993, DipLP 1994
  • Christ’s College, Cambridge University, BA 1991, MA 1994 



Over 20 years experience of international arbitration:

  • Vinge, Stockholm, consultant 2006-2011, partner since 2012
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP, London 2002-2007, counsel from 2005
  • 6 months secondment to Vinge, Stockholm 2000-2001
  • Simmons & Simmons, London 1996-2001
  • Simpson & Marwick WS, Edinburgh 1994-1996


Transparency in international arbitration Commercial Dispute Resolution, March-April 2016
Fighting in fog – when a party does not know the case against it Global Arbitration Review, Volume 5, Issue 1 (2010)
The reasonable man in international arbitration Arbitration, Vol. 76, Number 4 (November 2010)
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Other qualificataions

  • Member of the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator
  • Part-time lecturer, University of Stockholm, Sweden
  • Part-time lecturer, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
  • Member of the CIETAC panel list of arbitrators
  • Member of the Kuala Lumpur Regulation Centre for Arbitration panel list of arbitrators
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Publications on international arbitration and other legal matters


James Hope is considered by sources to be "very good in international arbitration" and is described by one as a "calm and clear and precise advocate. You can tell that when he speaks the tribunal really listens."- Chambers Global & Europe 2017

Head of department James Hope receives praise from clients, who describe him as a "very, very talented litigator." He represents clients in cases concerning compliance, corporate liability and anti-corruption, notably in the energy, IT and telecoms sectors. - Chambers Global & Europe 2016

Listed in Who’s Who Legal Arbitration.

Listed in Legal Media Group's Expert Guides - Commercial Arbitration as "one of the world’s leading practitioners in this field."

James Hope "deals with complex disputes in a creative, well-organised and efficient manner, and is excellent in both written and oral advocacy," sources report. He is also highlighted for his background as an English solicitor and his expertise on international cases. - Chambers Global and Europe 2015

"James Hope combines extremely good legal assessments with outstanding negotiation skills. He is constructive in trying to find a solution," impressed clients say. He heads the Stockholm team. He is UK-qualified and frequently acts for British clients." - Chambers Global and Europe 2014