James is a senior associate in the litigation team. His practice focuses on general commercial, corporate and financial services disputes.

    James has acted for both claimants and defendants in formal court proceedings (fast-track and multi-track) in the English High Court and County Court, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums such as mediation and without prejudice settlement meetings.

    James has acted for a wide range of clients but has a particular focus on both the higher education and manufacturing sectors. He also has experience in dealing with a wide range of disputes and, in particular, pursuing and defending shareholder disputes (e.g. unfair prejudice, derivative actions, calling and attending EGMs, and hostile board situations) and manufacturing disputes (e.g. supply chain and automation, etc.).

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    • Acting for a shareholder in a multimillion pound derivative action involving defamation and breach of directors duties against a AIM-listed multinational plc.
    • Acting for one of the UK’s largest independent mechanical engineering specialists in relation to an unfair prejudice claim (s.633 Companies Act 2006) by a minority shareholder in respect of a multimillion pound restructuring exercise.
    • Acting for a multinational manufacturer of PV products in a multi-jurisdiction breach of contract dispute.
    • Advising on a £6.7 million pound breach of warranty and misrepresentation claim against a multinational plc.
    • Assisting in defendant’s appeal to the Court of Appeal in £108 million breach of contract claim between two multinational plcs where the claimant was found to be 75% contributorily negligent.
    • Acting for one of the major banks in a major project concerning the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products to SMEs.
    • Advising on a pre-action disclosure application and defending a threatened application in an economic torts dispute between two universities.
    • Advising on a number of shareholder and directors duties disputes, and resolving such disputes without the need for proceedings.
    • Advising on a number of breach of contract claims.
    • Acting for a global gaming products supplier in obtaining an Order for delivery up and possession in a cross-border dispute.
    • Bringing claims in professional negligence against professional advisers to banks and building societies.


    • England and Wales, 2011
    • England and Wales (barrister), 2007

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