Commercial Litigation

Specialist Experience

  • Breach of contract, negligence, professional negligence
  • IP Enforcement
  • Investor disputes – shareholders’ agreements, JVs, minority rights
  • Civil fraud and regulatory – asset recovery and interim remedies
  • Cross-border and offshore disputes – forum challenges, orders in aid
  • Contentious and cross-border insolvency
  • International enforcement of judgments and artbital awards

What they say about James

“James is the consummate professional and I have enjoyed working with him on a number of complex legal issues, his assistance has been invaluable.” Lloyd Hopkins, Managing Director, Interlink Software


James is a commercial lawyer of over 15 years’ experience, specialising in commercial litigation and contentious insolvency.   Whilst offshore James appeared in a number of high profile international matters, on occasion led by prominent English silks.  James returned to practice in the UK in 2007.

James takes a consistently commercial approach supported by strong academic ability and significant practical experience, and has assisted a range of sectors, including aviation, banking and financial services, engineering, oil & gas, IT, manufacturing and multimedia. His practice encompasses a broad range of issues including breaches of contract, negligence, professional negligence; investor disputes – shareholders’ agreements, JVs, minority rights; civil fraud and regulatory – asset recovery and interim remedies; cross-border and offshore disputes – forum challenges, orders in aid; contentious and cross-border insolvency;  and international enforcement of judgments and arbital awards.


  • “Pitfalls for Investors in BVI Companies”, The Lawyer, Summer 2008;
  • “Money Laundering”, Accountancy Magazine, April 2008;
  • “BVI Shareholders’ Rights and Remedies”, Managing Partner, 2007;
  • “Island Swapping”- Offshore Special Report, The Lawyer19th June 2006

Admitted as:

  • Bar of England & Wales 1993
  • Bar of Eastern Caribbean: British Virgin Islands and Anguilla Circuits 2003
  • Solicitor, England & Wales 2008


  • Bar Finals, Inns of Court School of Law 1993
  • Common Professional Examination (Dip.Law), City University 1992
  • MA, History, First Class Honours, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge 1990

Career history:

  • Davies Arnold Cooper
  • Appleby Global
  • Harney Westwood & Riegels
  • Clifford Chance
  • Chancery Commercial Bar