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Practice Summary

James is a leading commercial junior acting in a wide range of commercial disputes including contract/commercial, banking and finance, fraud, technology, jurisdiction and enforcement.  He has extensive experience of high value and complex commercial and financial litigation and international arbitration.

James combines "exceptional" oral advocacy, "amazing" paperwork and “impressive” and “extremely accurate” advice with a highly responsive and user-friendly collegiate approach ("a delight to work with") (all quotes C&P 2014-2017).

James is an experienced and skilled advocate representing clients in the High Court, Commercial Court and Court of Appeal.  He has extensive experience of major commercial litigation and arbitration and has acted on behalf of clients involved in many of the most substantial and valuable Commercial Court cases (e.g. Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, Deutsche Bank v Sebastian, JP Morgan v Springwell). He has also appeared in significant arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA and ICSID rules.  James is often instructed as senior junior in a counsel team, as sole advocate or leading a more junior barrister.

James has for many years been recommended in the directories as a leading junior in commercial litigation and banking and finance. In 2013, he was shortlisted by Chambers & Partners for commercial junior of the year; in 2015 he was shortlisted for banking and finance junior of the year.  He has previously been identified a future “star at the bar” both by Legal Week and the Times Online.

Recent praise for James from the directories:

“A very strong junior who appears in market-leading cases being led by some of the best silks in the business…particularly adept at financial and banking disputes. ‘He produces excellent work [and] is responsive and understands what the client is trying to achieve’" (C&P 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“A fantastic all-rounder. His written work is excellent and he is also a very strong trial advocate who is also great with clients’” (C&P 2017, Banking & Finance).

“He has a very bright future ahead” “He is very bright, responsive and provides excellent drafting” (L500 2016, Banking and Finance / Commercial Litigation)

“very able, very clever, very hard-working and produces a really good work product” “…has an impressive eye for detail and his advice is impressive” (C&P 2016, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“very clever and charming…has the ability to communicate with clients on their level without being overly technical or legal, and can get extremely complex concepts across” (C&P 2016, Banking and Finance)

"His advice was extremely accurate and his performance in Court was exceptional” (C&P 2015, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“a star in the making.” (C&P 2015, Banking and Finance)

“The best draftsman that we have ever come across...he has this amazing ability to distil complicated facts and legal concepts into one neat phrase or term.” (C&P 2014, Banking and Finance)

“Quite simply outstanding: he has a first-class brain and an impressive eye for detail, and always drills down to get to the bottom of points” (L500 2013, Banking and Finance)