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John Kemkers, Partner

John Kemkers



Basic French and German

Practice areas

  • International arbitration
  • Real estate dispute resolution
  • Real estate planning

Practice notes

John was born and brought up in Zambia. His practice reflects his international upbringing. Although now based in London, he was previously based in the United Arab Emirates and a substantial proportion of his practice is focused on managing disputes across the Middle East and Africa. He is also Co-Head of the firm’s Africa Group.

His experience includes:

  • advising on claims with a total value in excess of USD 2 billion in local Courts across the Middle East and Africa;
  • advising on disputes with a combined value of USD 130 million involving proceedings in the English Courts, and subsequent enforcement proceedings in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; 
  • advising in relation to a +USD 100m dispute in the DIFC Courts in Dubai;
  • advising on a USD 20 million dispute relating to a real estate project in Libya; 
  • and advising on a +USD 125m dispute in relation to a project in Iraq.

He has also advised on the enforcement of judgements and arbitral awards across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In the UK, John’s experience includes:

  • advising on the implementation of a vacant possession strategy on the 300 hectare site of the 2012 Olympic Games; 
  • acting in all five judicial review proceedings and statutory challenges relating to the Compulsory Purchase Order affecting the Olympic Site;  
  • advising on contentious issues arising from a number of high profile developments within the West End of London;  
  • acting in a number of High Court cases relating to the enforcement of agreements for lease in a substantial mixed use development in the City of London.

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