Jawdat specialises in all aspects commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular prominence in insurance and reinsurance disputes, where he has long been acknowledged as a leading practitioner at the bar, and in cases concerned with civil fraud.

As part of a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, Jawdat acts as an advocate and as an adviser in a wide range of commercial disputes, many of which are complex and have an international element. In addition to insurance and reinsurance disputes and matters involving civil fraud, Jawdat is also regularly engaged in the fields of energy and natural resources, shipping and commodities, banking and finance, injunctions and arrests, and sanctions.

Recent cases include Munich Re v Ascot [2019] EWHC 2768 (Comm) (a dispute as to the proper construction of a facultative reinsurance policy provided in connection with an offshore construction project in the Gulf of Mexico); Yukos Finance BV & Others v Lynch & Others [2019] EWHC 2621 (Comm) (a dispute concerning an alleged fraudulent conspiracy to rig a bankruptcy auction in Russia); Stavrinides & Others v Bank of Cyprus [2019] EWHC 1328 (Ch) (a fraudulent claim for the specific performance of an alleged settlement agreement); Harcus Sinclair LLP v Your Lawyers Limited [2019] EWCA Civ 335, [2019] 4 WLR 81 (CA) (the discharge of an injunction preventing a firm of solicitors from acting in the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal); and Mamancochet Mining v Aegis Managing Agency & Others [2018] EWHC 2643 (Comm), [2018] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 441 (an expedited claim for an indemnity under a marine cargo insurance policy raising questions as to the applicability of US sanctions).

Jawdat is ranked in the directories in the fields of insurance and reinsurance, commercial litigation and international arbitration. As well as being described as ‘top class’ and an ‘incredibly able lawyer’, Jawdat is an ‘excellent advocate who is approachable and always on hand’ and a ‘very persuasive and polished performer’. He is ‘extremely user-friendly’ and has ‘a very commercial and practical approach that clients love’.