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Jack Spence

Jack Spence

Jack Spence has a wide range of experience, principally in the context of onshore and offshore construction, shipbuilding and shipbuilding more widely. He has acted for EPC contractors, shipowners, shipyards and oil subcontractors both in respect of disputes and contractual drafting.

Jack has extensive experience in extremely large and technically complex international arbitrations (including under LMAA, ICC and LCIA rules) as well as experience in the English courts involving issues regarding delay and cost overruns, contentious issues surrounding the incorporation of technical specifications in a contract, allegations of fraud and misrepresentation.

As well as largely technical construction disputes, Jack also has experience in general shipping and wider commercial disputes, including regarding referral agreements, loan instruments, demurrage and cargo damage.

Jack regularly writes for various industry publications, including Maritime Risk International, Ship Management International, Nuclear Future and the Banking Law Journal, and is a co-author of the 2022 Law of Shipbuilding Contract Update.

Prior to joining Haynes Boone, Jack spent 18 months working in the legal technology industry, gaining an in-depth knowledge of the sector, and brings both the technical awareness and lateral thinking developed in this space to his work within the firm.

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LPC LLM, University of Law, 2021

B.A. (Hons), Jurisprudence, Oxford University, 2019


England and Wales

A blooming liberty – The English Courts’ discretion to strike out a claim for abuse of process
April 03, 2024

The ability to strike out claims for abuse of process provides the English courts with a means of ensuring that the mechanisms of English litigation are not used improperly or to the detriment of other court users. This article considers the Court’s discretion to strike out claims for abuse of process, with a particular focus on two recent decisions – one concerning the proportionality of litigat [...]