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Identified by Legal Week as a leading junior at the commercial bar and a future silk, James was described as "absolutely outstanding, bright and hardworking" and "a bloody good barrister". 

James undertakes a broad range of commercial work and regularly appears (with and without a leader) in Court and in arbitration, both in England and overseas. 

In recent years James has gained considerable experience of litigation in the Caribbean and has appeared on a number of occasions in the High Court of the British Virgin Islands, the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal and the Privy Council.  James is admitted as a member of the bar of the British Virgin Islands.

Much of James’ recent work has involved the telecommunications sector and/or economic torts.

James’ recent work includes:

The Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation (2016) (Queen’s Bench Division) -  James acted for Amec in this group litigation, concerning allegations of blacklisting in the construction industry, in which more than 600 claimants sought damages for defamation, breach of the Data Protection Act, breach of confidence, misuse of private information and conspiracy. Named by The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases of 2016:

LIC Telecommunications Sarl v VTB Capital and others (2016) (Commercial Court) – James is sole counsel for Maze Sarl, a Luxembourg provider of corporate services, defending claims of fraud, conspiracy and collusion, in relation to the sale of a controlling stake in the Bulgarian telecom operator Vivacom.  

Philips Pension Trustees Limited v Aon Hewitt Limited and others [2015] EWHC 1768 (Ch) – James acts for Hewitt, the investment consultant, defending a £200 million claim from the trustees of an occupational pension fund, for breach of contract, negligence and breach of statutory duty.  Listed for a 8 to 10 week trial in the Chancery Division in 2017.

Sonera Holding B.V. v Cukurova Holding A.S. [2014] UKPC 15 – James acts for Cukurova in this litigation concerning the enforcement in the BVI of a New York Convention arbitration award of approximately US$1 billion.  Cukurova’s appeal against enforcement was rejected by the Privy Council in 2014. Sonera has now obtained an order for sale of certain shares, and an anti-suit injunction, and further appeals against these orders are ongoing.

LCIA arbitration (2016) – this arbitration concerned a major global telecoms company and alleged “buy out” rights under a shareholders’ agreement.  James appeared at the 9 day merits hearing in 2016.

James acts for EE Limited in relation to claims arising out of the administration of Phones 4U Limited.

Alfa Telecom Turkey Limited v Cukurova Finance International Limited [2009] 3 All ER 849, [2012] UKPC 20, [2013] UKPC 2, [2013] 4 All ER 936, [2013] 4 All ER 989 - James acted for Cukurova in its long-running dispute with the Alfa group of Russia over control of Turkcell, the leading mobile phone operator in Turkey. The dispute has given rise to five ground-breaking decisions of the Privy Council, which include the leading case on the novel remedy of appropriation introduced into English law by the Financial Collateral Arrangements (No. 2) Regulations 2003, and the leading modern authority on relief from forfeiture.

Merrill Lynch International v Amorim Partners Ltd [2014] EWHC 74 (QB) – James acted for Merrill Lynch in this claim concerning allegations of misrepresentation in relation to a share trade.