Douglas joined 7KBW in September 2019 following the successful completion of his pupillage. As a pupil Douglas gained experience in all of Chambers’ practice areas, including shipping, insurance, international arbitration, civil fraud, professional negligence and general commercial disputes.
After joining Chambers Douglas spent three months as a Judicial Assistant in the Commercial Court, where he assisted in an eight-week civil fraud trial involving allegations of misrepresentation, deceit and conspiracy in relation to the sale of a major Ukrainian corporation.
Douglas has spent time on secondment in the shipping departments of two leading City law firms, where he worked on a variety of disputes arising out charterparties, ship sale and purchase contracts, and bills of lading. He has recently advised on a number of disputes relating to the Coronavirus outbreak, including ‘safe port’ obligations, force majeure and frustration.
Other recent work includes advising an EU company on compliance with global sanctions and anti-corruption laws, and providing evidence to a foreign court in relation to various aspects of the English law of marine insurance.
Before coming to the Bar, Douglas graduated from the University of Oxford with a First Class degree in Modern Languages. He speaks French, German and Swedish.