James has a busy commercial practice comprising:
- Led work in high value and complex commercial disputes;
- Work as sole counsel in the High Court, often appearing against more senior barristers.
He regularly receives unsolicited positive feedback from solicitors, clients and opponents.
Examples only of recent work are given below. James has undertaken work within a wide range of areas of commercial law: should you wish to inquire about experience of particular areas or sectors please contact James’ clerks.
- Acting for an Italian company in a jurisdictional dispute arising out of a bank’s application for negative declaratory relief to stymie proceedings in Italy (led by Charles Samek KC);
- Acting (led by Adam Solomon) for claimants in a conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty and asset tracing claim;
- Acting in an appeal of orders made following a 35-day Chancery trial involving allegations of knowing receipt and knowing assistance following a €100m fraud (led by Charles Samek KC);
- Acting in a shareholder dispute and related proceedings concerning failure to repay or issue shares in respect of a significant private loan/capital contribution (led by David Reade KC);
- Acting for special administrator of bank in dispute over registration in England and Wales of a €3bn overseas freezing order (led by Charles Samek KC).
Court Work as sole Counsel
- Acting for a charity recovering monies paid away following a fraud. Two freezing order applications, Norwich Pharmacal applications, application for service by alternative means. Judgment secured and majority of funds recovered;
- Acting for solicitors firm in successful High Court enforcement action concerning a debt owed by related Iraqi and BVI companies;
- Acting for a minority shareholder in Chancery proceedings over control of a well-known restaurant group. Two silks and three senior juniors represented the other parties;
- Acting for bank counterparties in disputes over interest rate swaps, breach of lending agreements, property valuation, and security enforcement.
James has particular expertise in interlocutory applications and co-authors the Injunctions Practice Note for PLC. He also writes a long-running column on civil procedure as well as specialist articles.
James’ advisory practice is broad. It ranges from “quick view” assessments made in the context of pressing commercial deadlines or injunction applications to much more detailed analyses. James’ academic background and legal writing often see him instructed in cases raising difficult and/or novel points of law.