Jawdat specialises in all aspects commercial litigation and arbitration.

He appears as an advocate and advises in relation to a wide range of commercial disputes, many of which are complex and high value disputes which have an international element and are resolved through confidential arbitration.

Regularly engaged on behalf of market-leading insurers and reinsurers, Jawdat has recently been instructed in connection with the following substantial insurance matters:

  • The Federal Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust v Federal-Mogul Limited and Others [2014] EWHC 2002 (Comm), a case concerning the extent to which an asbestos personal injury trust was entitled to intervene in the contractual relations between an insured, its insurer and reinsurers, and to prescribe how asbestos claims, to be brought by the trust in the US, should be administered, defended and disposed of by the reinsurers on behalf of insured under the terms of an asbestos liability policy and corresponding reinsurance agreement.
  • Two arbitrations (2013, 2014) concerned with an insurer’s liability to indemnify its insured under a policy of patent infringement liability insurance in connection with the settlement by the insured of claims that had been brought by two different brand-name manufacturers of pharmaceutical products.
  • An arbitration (2014) concerned with an insurer’s liability to indemnify its insured under a Bermuda Form policy in connection with claims for thromboembolic events allegedly suffered by women as a result of the use of the insured’s transdermal contraceptive patch.
  • An arbitration (2013) concerned with an insurers’ liability to indemnify its insured under a Bermuda Form policy in connection with claims for breast cancer allegedly suffered by post-menopausal women as a result of using the insured’s hormone replacement therapy drug products.

Jawdat is also often retained in connection with disputes arising in the fields of shipping, energy and natural resources.  Recent examples include the following:

  • Impala Warehousing v Wanxiang Resources [2015] EWHC 811 (Comm), a case concerning an application for final and prohibitory injunctions, requiring the defendant to discontinue proceedings that it had brought in China in connection with a cargo of aluminium and restraining it from commencing proceedings otherwise than in accordance with an exclusive English jurisdiction clause or with an offer made by the claimant to arbitrate the underlying disputes.
  • An arbitration application in the Commercial Court (2014) for mandatory and prohibitory injunctions in connection with a letter of credit relating to a cargo of naphtha.
  • Cadogan Maritime v Turner Shipping [2013] EWHC 138, an application to challenge an arbitration award made in connection with a dispute arising out of the sale of a newbuild vessel.
  • Cargill International v Afra General Trading (2012), an application for an anti-suit injunction restraining the defendant from prosecuting proceedings that had been commenced in Iran in breach of arbitration clauses in contracts for the supply of cargoes of sugar and grain.

Jawdat is ranked in the directories as a leading junior in the fields of insurance and international arbitration, and he was nominated by Chambers and Partners for the Insurance Junior of the Year Award 2014.

Described as a ‘great all-rounder’ who ‘always instils confidence’, Jawdat ‘attracts praise’ and ‘wins great market respect’ for his ‘notable expertise’ in a wide range of insurance matters.  He is noted to be ‘excellent’ and ‘very bright’, ‘dependable and very personable’, and he is rated ‘highly for his approachable manner and pragmatic attitude’.  Jawdat takes a ‘hands-on’ approach to his cases and is both accessible and ‘user-friendly’.