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Iain Munro has a general commercial law practice, with particular advocacy and advisory experience in the fields of information technology, energy, shipbuilding, shipping, construction, and professional negligence disputes.
He has a particular interest in China and frequently acts for Chinese parties in complex and high-value international arbitrations and litigation. As co-counsel with Chinese lawyers, he has advised on the negotiation and drafting of contracts, including one of the largest offshore deals in Chinese history. Over the last two years, and with other members of Chambers, he has delivered a short course on International Arbitration in China.
Iain welcomes instructions as a mediator. He is able to draw on his specialist experience to understand the issues and offer robust reality testing when the process demands it. He knows that mediation works and wants to help parties resolve their disputes, whatever the size. He is a member of CEDR’s panel of conciliators.
Iain has significant experience in IT disputes.
Iain is a specialist contributor to the ‘Computers and Information Technology’ chapter of Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings (Sweet & Maxwell; 19th Ed., 2019) and the ‘Liability for Economic Harm’ chapter of The Law of Artificial Intelligence (Sweet & Maxwell, 2020). He is a member of the SCL AI Group committee.
Acting as Junior Counsel for a systems integrator defending >£100m+ High Court proceedings over the implementation of a new IT solution for the sale and servicing of general insurance products. Identified by The Lawyer as one of the ‘Top 20 cases’ of 2020 (https://www.thelawyer.com/litigation-top-20-cases/).
Acting as sole Counsel for a systems integrator in a £14m+ claim against a specialist sub-contractor for the failed implementation of an IT system in the Nordic region.
Acting as Junior Counsel in a dispute of the termination of a contract for procurement framework software.
Acting as Junior Counsel in an international arbitration over the automation of a fashion warehouse.
Advising a technology retailer in a dispute with a supplier over outsourced call centres and telephony systems.
Acting for the employer in contractual dispute over an outsourced web-hosting platform.
Advising an internet service provider in relation to alleged breaches of a content protection agreement.
Acting as Junior Counsel for a government department against a provider of bespoke archiving software.
Acting as Junior Counsel in a substantial dispute arising from the Connecting for Health project, the largest civilian IT project in the world.
Iain is instructed in energy-related disputes involving construction, ship sale and chartering, transportation of natural resources and other services.
Advising a Chinese yard in disputes over the termination of multiple drilling rigs.
A $400m+ TCC dispute arising out a contract for the supply and fabrication for monopiles and transition pieces for the world’s largest wind farm (Fluor Ltd v Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Ltd  EWHC 2062 (TCC);  EWHC 1 (TCC)).
$200m+ LMAA arbitrations over the cancellation of the construction of offshore accommodation units.
$50m+ LMAA arbitrations arising from the cancellation of MOAs for the sale of specialised offshore construction vessels, which were under government arrest.
Multi-million $ claims in SCMA arbitration against charterers in respect of breaches of separate long- term contracts for the transportation of coal in bulk.
$20m+ claims and counterclaims in HKIAC arbitration in connection with a subsea power cables laying project.
$6m LMAA arbitrations concerning tax exemptions for oil and gas exploration off-shore Brazil.
A multi-million $ dispute over the construction of oil treatment facilities in the Middle East.
Overlapping with his energy expertise, Iain has particular experience in shipbuilding disputes, often focusing on the cancellation of shipbuilding contracts.
Acting as Junior Counsel for a shipyard in $400m LMAA arbitrations concerning termination rights and the proper application of funds provided to the buyer for specified purposes.
Acting as Junior Counsel for buyers in >$10m LMAA arbitrations over the cancellation 4 vessels.
Advising on the impact of the Greek financial crisis on instalment payments and claims under a payment guarantee.
Acting as Junior Counsel for a Chinese shipyard in an arbitration concerning a disputed cancellation. The arbitration gave rise to an appeal to the English High Court about whether a third-party could participate in on-going arbitral proceedings.
Iain’s shipping and ship-related experience includes ship management, safe berth, speed/performance/ consumption, redelivery notices, failure to meet cargo specifications, the international sale and carriage of goods by sea and wrongful repudiation by both owners and charterers.
Acted as Junior Counsel for owners in a charterparty dispute and obtained anti-suit injunctions against parallel Chinese proceedings.
Acted for owners in an LMAA arbitration over the charter of a superyacht.
Assisted in multiple LMAA arbitrations concerning unpaid bunker supplies following the OW Bunker collapse.
Acted for owners in a charterparty disputes over alleged variations to the demurrage rate and damage to craneage.
Advised owners on a claim for wrongful deduction of hire and underwater cleaning expenses.
Acted for ship brokers and managers defending a €3m claim for breach of duty and contract during the purchase of a superyacht and management of repairs thereafter.
Acted for time charterers in a $2m claim involving two sister vessels that were alleged to be unseaworthy and to have failed to perform as warranted.
Iain acts in general construction disputes in adjudication and court. He is happy to assist with ADR and has a training in mediation. His cases include: a claim against architects in a PFI hospital project; a dispute over two blocks of student accommodation; construction of a bespoke eco-home; wrongful repudiation of contract by a builder after disagreements with an architect; loss of profit claims arising from development projects; disputed renovation works at a church; and subsidence caused by tree roots. Such cases have often required complex fact management and multiple experts.
Iain has acted in numerous commercial disputes, both in an advisory and adversarial capacity.
Bank of Beirut v (1) Prince El-Hashemite (2) Registrar of Companies  EWHC 1451 (Ch): Conjoined actions by banks against an individual who fraudulently claimed to have entered into limited partnerships with each of the banks and for consequential rectification of the public register.
A multi-million Euro dispute over the validity of price amendments to a series of Emission Reduction Purchase Agreements with Chinese parties. As part of these arbitrations, freezing injunctions were sought from the tribunal and High Court.
The termination of agreements for the sale of carbon credits generated by Chinese hydropower projects to European buyers.
Enforcement of a foreign judgment obtained against an English sporting events company.
Installation of robotics at a food processing facility.
Royalties payable by a pharmaceutical company to inventors.
A $10m claim under a guarantee by investors in a Brazilian luxury resort.
Claims against business brokers, involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and unenforceable contractual terms.
Iain acts for professionals in fields that are often linked to his other specialist practice areas.
Acting as Junior Counsel for surveyors in a case involving the alleged undervaluation of 37 properties and counter-allegations against the claimant conveyancing solicitors for failure to alert the lender to a fraudulent scheme.
Acting for solicitors in relation to a dispute over conduct of tax proceedings.
Advising on a claim against an architect for the negligent installation of under-floor heating throughout a build.
Assisting on a multi-million $ claim for misattribution of a painting by an auction house.
Defending a marine surveyor against a claim for negligent performance of yacht surveys.
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