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Awarded Commercial Litigation Junior of the Year at the 2013 Chambers Bar Awards, Jamie is recommended by both Chambers UK and the L500 as a leading senior junior for Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 1), as well as Banking & Finance and Civil: Fraud. His practice covers the full range of domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on civil fraud and banking and finance matters.

Jamie has extensive experience at first instance and before the Court of Appeal.  He also has experience of litigating in offshore jurisdictions, (ie., Isle of Man, Anguilla, Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean, Dubai) and Privy Council procedure. He is admitted as a member of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and the Isle of Man bar.

Jamie was included in the Top 100 UK Juniors by Chambers (2014), stating: “James Goldsmith's star has been in the ascendancy right from his earliest days at the Bar. A valuable addition to any team, he is a commercial litigator whom leading solicitors regularly turn to. He was junior counsel in the Liverpool FC takeover saga, and also acted for Nutritek International in a lengthy jurisdiction battle concerning a USD250 million civil fraud claim against the company. Particularly known for his responsiveness, he is "seemingly available 24/7, 365 days a year and is always at the top of his game. He is a fantastic oral and written advocate, a great team player and someone who is charming to work with."

The Times' Ten Future Stars of the Bar described Jamie as a 'down to earth team player', having 'the human touch to go with formidable intelligence [and] carving out a burgeoning reputation through appearances as junior counsel in a series of major commercial disputes.'  He was also described by Legal Weeks' Stars of the Bar as 'quite a phenomenon, extremely hard working, industrious and clever' and 'a real big hit with clients and leaders alike.' 

Comments in Chambers UK and Legal 500 include:

"A skilled and well-respected junior with a practice covering the full spectrum of domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. He is comfortable acting for both claimants and defendants in major commercial disputes.  "His intellect is huge and his work ethic is equally huge. He's great at brainstorming and analysing opinions in order to attack the opponent's case." "James is very bright. He gets on top of the detail, he's very responsive and he is excellent at drafting." (Chambers UK, 2019, Banking & Finance)

"Has developed a vibrant civil fraud practice and attracts many high-profile instructions. He has dealt with myriad allegations over the course of his career including conspiracy, breach of trust and fraudulent misrepresentation.  "A good advocate. He has an easy manner in court and presents well." "Very intelligent and extremely diligent." (Chambers UK, 2019, Civil: Fraud)

"Very intelligent, and able to assimilate complicated facts and portray them simply to a client - he can cut through volumes of documents." "He has an easy manner in court, and he presents well." (Chambers UK, 2019, Commercial Litigation)

"Has an unbelievable amount of energy and no perceivable weaknesses." (Legal 500, 2018/19, Commercial Litigation)

"Has terrific energy and dynamism, he throws himself into a case and is extremely responsive." (Legal 500, 2018/19, Banking & Finance)

“He is hugely talented and very incisive, and his written work is of a very high standard.” (Chambers UK, 2018, Banking & Finance)

“Tremendously hard-working, clever and a great person to have on your team.” “Hugely talented and very incisive. He rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in. I was hugely impressed with his advocacy. His knowledge of the detail is exceptional.” (Chambers UK, 2018, Civil Fraud)

“Jamie has an incredible capactiy for work, and the speed at which he can turn things around is very impressive.” “Has fantastic experience when it comes to complex banking matters.” (Chambers UK, 2018, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“Intellectually out of the top drawer and very user-friendly.” He’s extremely bright, incredibly responsive and he comes back with very strong analysis of the case quite quickly.” (Chambers UK, 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution)           

“He is extremely hard-working. His attention to detail is outstanding, as is his advocacy.” “He has excellent judgment and is a very good, safe pair of hands.” (Chambers UK, 2017, Civil Fraud)

“An excellent barrister” (Legal 500 UK, 2017, Banking & Finance) 

“A true star with meticulous preparation and rapidity of thought.” (Legal 500 UK, 2017, Commercial Litigation)

“Has an exceptional reputation as a junior commercial counsel of the highest calibre. Solicitors often praise the standard of his drafting and his ability to take into consideration the commercial context of a case. He is most notably adept at banking and civil fraud disputes. "Incredibly thorough, hard-working, very quick and very approachable." "Commercially minded and a team player. His drafting is very good and his advice is sensible." (Chambers UK, 2016, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“A star of the future – he leaves no stone unturned.” (Legal 500 UK, 2016, Banking & Finance) 

“A master of the detail and someone you want for advocacy.” (Legal 500 UK, 2016, Commercial Litigation)

‘An absolute perfectionist when it comes to quality of written and oral submissions.’ (L500, 2015, Commercial Litigation)

“An excellent junior; if you have a difficult and complex set of issues, he is the man for you” (L500, 2015, Banking & Finance)

“An impressive and sought-after junior who wins instructions from top City law firms.  He is particularly recognised for his client-friendly approach, intellectual skills and ability to handle labour-intensive cases.  “Very composed and very polished. His written advocacy is first-rate.” “He is brilliant in terms of his ability to digest enormous amounts of complicated material. If you have thousands of documents, he will pick out the five that will determine the dispute.” (Chambers UK, 2015, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“He has fantastic energy, focus and determination; a top, top man to instruct” (L500, 2014, Commercial Litigation)

“Receives strong reviews from instructing solicitors due to his impressive commercial litigation practice.” "Very diligent and possessed of a fine legal brain." "He works so hard. He responds immediately whatever the time and is a great team player." “He was led by Lord Grabiner QC on behalf of Liverpool Football Club in high-profile proceedings arising from its controversial sale in October 2010.” (Chambers UK, 2014, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"Can reduce complex legal problems to manageable chronologies with ease and aplomb". "A brilliant draftsman", he "works unbelievably hard" and "is destined for great things", according to commentators. (Chambers UK,  2013, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

'Eats, breathes and sleeps the cases he is working on, and then produces flawless results.' (L500, 2012, Banking & Finance)

"Another name of the future".  He is "incredibly hard-working and easy to deal with," and instructing solicitors say of him: "We love him and the clients do too."  He recently acted for Liverpool FC in its much-publicised takeover litigation. (Chambers UK, Commercial Dispute Resolution  2012)

‘Capable of intense and prolonged focus. His cross-examination exceeds expectations.’ (L500 2009)