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Practice Summary

James Fox undertakes a broad range of commercial work in line with Chambers’ practice areas. As well as acting as junior counsel in Commercial Court and Chancery Division proceedings, he has appeared as sole counsel in both the High Court and County Court. James has been instructed in three civil fraud claims worth in excess of £1 billion.

Recent instructions include:

SKAT v Solo Capital Partners LLP (in administration) and Ors (Comm)
Acting (with Michael Fealy QC, Jamie Goldsmith QC and others) for the Danish Tax and Customs Administration in a claim relating to an alleged conspiracy involving fraudulent withholding tax reclaim applications in the sum of DKK 12 billion (approximately £1.5 billion).

Blockchain and Petrochemical v LFE Market Ltd & Ors [2020] EWHC 2027 (Comm)
Acting (with Orlando Gledhill QC) for the claimants in a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract, procuring breach of contract and conspiracy in relation to a start-up cryptocurrency project.

Autonomy v Lynch and Hussain
Acting (with Laurence Rabinowitz QC, Patrick Goodall QC, Conall Patton and others) for Autonomy and others in fraud claims worth $ 5 billion in relation to the acquisition of Autonomy by the HP group. The case featured in The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases” for 2019. Awaiting judgment following a 93 day trial.

FM Capital Partners v Marino and Ors [2018] EWHC 1768 (Comm); [2018] EWHC 2905 (Comm); [2018] EWHC 2612 (Comm); [2018] EWHC 2889 (Comm)
Acted (with Laurence Emmett) for the third defendant in a claim for dishonest assistance, conspiracy, knowing receipt and bribery in relation to structured products.

McGraw-Hill International v Deutsche Apotheker and Ors 
Acted for the investors (with Daniel Toledano QC, Jamie Goldsmith, Sharif Shivji and others) in a Commercial Court claim against a rating agency and a bank for alleged negligence and negligent and fraudulent misrepresentations arising from the sale of Constant Proportion Debt Obligations. The damages claimed exceeded €130m.