What we do

We offer specialised services in the fields of international arbitration, investigation, legal consulting and mediation.

Arbitration

The JMiles & Co team has represented clients in tribunals of the ICC in London and Paris, tribunals of LMAA, LCIA, GAFTA and ad hoc arbitration in London and tribunals in Stockholm, Zurich and Geneva. Some of the arbitration services provided include:

  • Acting for Dowans Tanzania Limited, a Tanzanian independent power producer and Dowans Holding SA, its Costa Rican parent, in an international ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) arbitration against a Tanzanian state corporation and in proceedings for recognition and enforcement of the successful US$ 65 million award in Tanzania and in England and Wales.
  • Acting for Prime Fuels and Mirambo in a successful USD 125,000,000 London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) arbitration against Sheltam Rail in respect of rail interests in Kenya.
  • Providing advice and acting for a fuel transporter based in the UAE in an international LCIA arbitration concerning a dispute over fuel transportation services provided across Africa.
  • Advising a North African government in an ICSID arbitration concerning a regional airport.
  • Providing advice and acting for a Partner in a wrongful termination claim in an international LCIA arbitration against one of the Big Four accountancy firms.

Investigation

JMiles & Co investigation and related expertise is wide ranging and includes fraud investigations, asset chasing and recovery. Past investigatory work carried out by the team include:

  • Acting for the Kenyan Capital Market Authority (CMA) in carrying out a detailed investigation into possible corrupt practices in CMC Motors Group Limited, a public listed company which is a leading player in the East African motor industry. Preparing a comprehensive report on our findings and advising the CMA on regulatory actions against the Company and its officers.
  • Advising US/UK interests on asset recovery in Pakistan.
  • Advising an East African Government on corporate investigation and asset recovery
  • Carrying out investigation work and advising an international organisation on shipping transport and piracy in Africa.
  • Carrying out investigation work in connection with enforcement of international arbitration awards, including investigation work on ship arrests.

Consultancy

JMiles & Co is heavily engaged in international legal consultancy work which ranges from sector reviews and reports, legal advice, publications and involvement in legislative reviews for Governments. Some of the international consultancy work undertaken include:

  • Advising one of the largest diamond and gold mining companies in Africa, in relation to its mining operations in Tanzania.
  • Advising the Seafarers Rights Institute in relation to the rights of seafarers in various jurisdictions in Africa, Europe and Asia.
  • Advising the International Transport Workers Federation on the legislation on cabotage and engagement of seafarers in local trade in four jurisdictions in Africa.
  • Advising UAE interest in relation to hydrocarbon and mineral concessions in the Horn of Africa
  • Advising Australian interests on coastguard services and fisheries in the Horn of Africa.
  • Advising various private entities in relation to their power and oil and gas concerns in East Africa.
  • Assisting East African governments on legislative review and reform.
  • Undertaking a review of the legal system in a Southern African country for the World Bank.

Mediation

In 2016 JMiles & Co. established Africa Mediation Service (AMS) in order to provide clients with affordable quality mediation services in key locations on the continent.

  • John Miles qualified as a mediator in 1985 and offers a wealth of experience in identifying and mediating suitable resolutions for complex disputes in a variety of sectors.
  • Mediation offers parties a voluntary way of discussing disputes in a confidential setting, with the aim of achieving a quick and amicable resolution, at a lower cost when compared to litigation and arbitration.
  • We can recommend the expertise of a pool of experienced mediators based in Nairobi, Cairo, Lagos and Johannesburg, and a standardised mediation service regardless of the location in which the mediation is being conducted.
  • Our pool of practitioners are sensitive to local and international issues as well as cultural values, which often play a significant role in parties achieving a mutually acceptable outcome.

If you have a dispute in Africa please contact us for details on how we can assist you during a mediation process.