James Hope is a partner and Head of Vinge’s dispute resolution group in Stockholm. He is a dual-qualified Swedish Advokat and English Solicitor- Advocate, with over 20 years’ experience of dispute resolution, including 10 years’ experience from practising in London.
He acts both as counsel and as arbitrator in international arbitrations, both in Sweden and abroad, and his recent cases have involved Swedish, English, Californian, Chinese, Russian, Italian and Finnish laws, amongst others. He is a guest lecturer at Stockholm, Uppsala and Edinburgh Universities. He is also a memberof the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
A selection of some current and recent cases
Emergency arbitration under the SCC Rules: acted as emergency arbitrator in a dispute between two Jersey entities (2019).
ICC arbitration in Oslo under Norwegian law: acting as President of the Tribunal in a large construction arbitration between Spanish and Norwegian parties (2018 - )
DIA (Danish Institute of Arbitration) arbitration in Copenhagen under Danish law: acted as sole arbitrator in a dispute between Danish and U.S. companies concerning a distribution and franchise agreement (2017 - 2018)
UNCITRAL arbitrations in London under English and Danish law: acted as chairman of the arbitral tribunal in two related arbitrations administered by the LCIA between Swiss and Danish companies arising out of a complex M&A dispute (2016 - 2018)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under English law: acted as chairman of the arbitral tribunal in a complex construction dispute between Kazakhstan and German companies (2015 - 2016)
Finnish Chamber of Commerce arbitration in Helsinki under Finnish law: acted as sole arbitrator in a dispute between Finnish and Canadian companies (2013 - 2014)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under Swedish law: acted as co-arbitrator in a dispute concerning a supply contract between German and Chinese companies (2011 - 2012)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under Russian law: acted as sole arbitrator in a sale of goods case between Russian and Scandinavian companies (2010 - 2011)
ICC arbitration in London under English law: acted as sole arbitrator in a sale of goods case between German and Swedish companies (2010)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under Ukrainian law: appointed chairman of the arbitral tribunal in a dispute between two Cypriot companies regarding a cooperation agreement (2010)
ICC arbitration in Paris under Swedish law/CISG: acted as sole arbitrator in a sale of goods dispute between Ukrainian and Swedish parties (2008 - 2009)
Challenge proceedings in the Svea Court of Appeal concerning intra-EU investment treaty awards: acting for two different EU States in challenging intra-EU arbitral awards in light of the Achmea decision (2019 - )
Litigation in the Swedish Patent and Market Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court: cross-border litigation concerning a negative declaration in respect of competition law damages (2018 - )
ICC arbitration in Stockholm under Swedish law: acting as counsel for a mobile phone manufacturer in a patent licensing dispute against a large Swedish telecoms company (2018 - )
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under Swedish law: acting as counsel for a large Swedish company in a patent and know-how licensing dispute (2018 - )
ICC arbitration in Stockholm under Swedish law: acted as counsel for a listed IT company in a contractual dispute with a large Swedish telecoms company (2017 - 2018)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under Swedish law: acted as counsel for a Russian party in a complex construction law case concerning delay claims and related issues (2016 - 2017)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under English/Swedish law: acted as expert witness for the claimant on issues of English and Swedish law (2017)
ICC arbitration in Stockholm under Swedish law: acted as counsel for a British manufacturing company in a construction dispute with a Swedish company (2017)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under Estonian law: acted as counsel in a shareholder dispute, together with related Emergency Arbitration proceedings (2016)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under Cypriot, German and Swedish laws: acted as co-counsel in a dispute concerning fraud and breach of fiduciary duties (2015 - 2016)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under Swedish law and CISG: acted as counsel for a large Russian party in two multi-billion US dollar gas pricing and competition law arbitrations (2014 - 2018)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under Swedish law and related court proceedings: acted as counsel in a trademark-law dispute between two well-known consumer brand corporations (2013 - 2015)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under Swedish law: acted as counsel in a complex IT-law dispute. (2013 - 2014)
Ad hoc arbitration in Stockholm under English law: acted for Russian shareholders in a multi-billion dollar arbitration against a U.K. energy company (2011 - 2012)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under English law: acted as counsel in a US$38 million dispute regarding a share option agreement. (2010 - 2012)
SCC arbitration in Stockholm under Swedish law and related court proceedings: acted for a Chinese energy company in a US$80 million dispute with a US energy corporation. (2009 - 2014)
ICC arbitration in Stockholm under Swedish law: acted as counsel in a contract dispute between Swedish and Canadian IT companies. (2008 - 2009)
Ad hoc investment treaty arbitration in Prague: part of the team which acted for the investor in an investment treaty arbitration against an Eastern European State. (2006 - 2009)
Over 20 years experience of international arbitration:
James Hope represents clients in international arbitration cases, with a strong focus on the energy sector. One client highlights his efficient approach, alongside his "exceptional legal competency and awareness of the issues at hand." Chambers & Partners 2019
Dually-qualified in the UK and Sweden, James Hope is highly active within the energy sector, particularly on international arbitration cases. He is lauded by sources as a "very skilled and experienced" international litigator and arbitrator, who is "excellent in front of a tribunal and has a very good feel for the sentiment in the courtroom." - Chambers & Partners 2018
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 & Partners 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 & Partners 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 & Partners 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 & Partners 2014