Jonathan Ray-Smith, Partner, Dispute Resolution
I am a partner in the Fieldfisher dispute resolution group and specialise in the resolution of commercial disputes whether through negotiation, mediation or litigation. My professional experience extends more than 20 years in practice during which I have handled an extremely wide range of cases and developed excellent legal and strategic skills.
My clients value my personal commitment to their claims and I pride myself on the strong and lasting relationships that I build with my clients.
I advise and represent companies and businesses on a wide range of legal issues, often in an external general counsel capacity. I also have considerable experience of dealing with disputes and litigation on behalf of high-net worth individuals from the UK, EU, the Middle East (including ruling family members) and the CIS.
My international experience is focussed on the Middle East, with particular interest in and experience of working for clients based in Qatar and other Gulf states. In recent years I have travelled regularly on business to the Middle East.
I am involved in the Fieldfisher life sciences and healthcare group and have been significantly involved in the development of the firm's work in the healthcare and regulatory sector in the Middle East. Since 2011 I have led our team acting as principal legal advisor to Virgin Health Bank, the international stem cell company based at the Qatar Science and Technology Park in Doha, Qatar.
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My spare time revolves around my young family and keeping fit by exercising and playing racket sports.