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Practice Summary

James acts (with Craig Orr QC) for a commercial core participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and has also been a key member of Elizabeth Gloster DBE’s recent investigation into the FCA’s regulation of London Capital and Finance.  He also acts in US$2 billion cross-border fraud proceedings in the Commercial Court (Suppipat & Ors v Nop Narongdej & Ors) and in separate US$4m proceedings in the High Court. Suppipat is listed as one of The Lawyer's Top 20 cases for 2022.

James’ practice has also encompassed commercial disputes arising in the context of the international arbitration sector.  He acted as part of an extensive legal team in ad hoc (PCA administered) arbitration proceedings claiming significant damages as a result of failure to deliver under a gas supply agreement.  He acted in English-seated ad hoc arbitration proceedings for a government department which sought a range of relief including payment in excess of £50m.  He also acted on behalf of an investor in ICSID proceedings.  In ZCCM Investments Holdings plc v. Kansanshi Holding plc & Anr [2019] EWHC 1285 (Comm), James appeared in a s68 arbitration claim before the Commercial Court, arising out of UNCITRAL proceedings; and he appeared (as sole counsel) in LCIA proceedings concerned with payments under a loan agreement and a guarantee resulting in an award well in excess of US$20m.

James has experience in obtaining urgent injunctive relief, appearing in SDI Retail Services Limited v. Rangers Football Ltd & Ors [2018] EWHC 1697 (Comm). 

Notable prior engagements have included Dar Al Arkan & Anr v Al Refai & Ors (alleged fraud / breach ME banking practice), listed as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for 2014 and 2015: Global Disputes in the English Courts and Chesterfield United Inc & Anr v Deutsche Bank AG & Ors (€500m sale of credit-linked notes).  

James considers pro bono work is an important aspect of a Barrister’s practice. He is a CLIPS Pro Bono Champion 2021 for his work in respect of the Chancery Bar Association’s litigant in person scheme.