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Dominic Sharman

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)


Dominic Sharman is a member of the Dispute Resolution group at Baker McKenzie's Tokyo office. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked for a prominent law firm in Tokyo.

Practice Focus

Dominic's practice focuses on dispute resolution, particularly international arbitration, cross border litigation and compliance-related matters.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented a major global pharmaceutical company in an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration (seated in Paris) arising from a development and commercialisation agreement.

  • Represented a Japanese commercial vehicle sales company in a Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA) arbitration (seated in Tokyo) with a Southeast Asian party arising out of multiple sales agreements.

  • Represented a Japanese employer consortium in a potential arbitration with an EPC contractor regarding the construction of a power generation facility in Southeast Asia.

  • Represented a major Japanese shipping company in an arbitration under the American Arbitration Association (International Centre for Dispute Resolution) (ICDR-AAA) rules (seated in Tokyo) arising out of a number of shipbuilding contracts.

  • Represented a Japanese automotive parts manufacturer in a potential JCAA arbitration in connection with allegedly defective products.

  • Appointed by World Rugby to a panel of lawyers tasked with handling disciplinary issues through a dispute resolution system for the 20 teams participating in the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

  • Represented numerous offshore institutional investors in cross-border litigation against a major Japanese manufacturing company concerning a dispute arising from allegedly false statements made to shareholders.

  • Represented a major global distribution company in cross-border litigation against a Japanese individual in relation to an alleged breach of intellectual property rights.

  • Represented an American claimant in cross-border litigation against a global Japanese airline concerning a claim for alleged unjustifiable termination.

  • Represented global insurance companies in relation to litigation involving complex and interconnected national and global fraud rings.

  • Assisted major global pharmaceutical companies regarding compliance-related investigations.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association - Member


  • Foreign Registered Lawyer (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi)~Japan (2015)
  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (Solicitor Advocate) (2011)
  • England & Wales (Solicitor)~United Kingdom (2009)


  • Kaplan Altior (Higher Rights of Audience - Civil and Criminal) (2011)
  • University of Lancaster (LLB (Hons)) (2005)


  • English
  • Japanese
  • Co-author, "Japan: Consequences of an Arbitrator's Failure to Disclose Relevant Facts," Lexology, May 2019, Language: English

  • Co-author, "The Baker McKenzie International Arbitration Yearbook 2018-2019," Juris Publishing, Inc., March 2019, Language: English

  • Co-author and co-editor, "Doing Business in Japan 2018," Baker McKenzie, July 2018, Language: English

  • Co-author, "International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives: International Commercial Arbitration Practice in Japan," Lexis-Nexis, 2018, Language: English

  • Co-author, "Expedited Procedures under the JCAA Rules: Time for More Change?," International Arbitration Law Review, April 2018, Language: English