James has a diverse commercial practice across Chambers’ full range of specialisms, with a particular focus on civil fraud, shipping, international trade, trade finance and other banking disputes. He has appeared in the High Court, most commonly the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division, as well as in the Court of Appeal and arbitral proceedings under a variety of rules (including LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and LMAA).
James has significant experience in high value, complex commercial disputes. For example, he is acting for Alexander Vik in relation to committal proceedings brought by Deutsche Bank for alleged breaches of a Part 71 order made in respect of a US$330 million judgment debt, led by Duncan Matthews KC.
James also regularly acts as sole counsel, both in court, as he did for the respondents in Daly v Ryan  EWHC 976 (Ch), an application for an order imposing conditions on the appellants’ permission to appeal in a fraud claim worth €8.5 million, and in arbitration, including for the successful claimant in a three-day trial against a silk.
James has experience of applications for emergency relief (particularly freezing injunctions), disclosure applications (including under the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters) and enforcement procedures (such as Part 71 debtor examinations, contested applications for charging orders, third party debt orders and to enforce arbitral awards). He is especially familiar with making and resisting such applications against the background of allegations of fraud, having spent six months on secondment at a civil fraud litigation boutique in his first year of practice.
He was admitted to the Bar of the East Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands in 2023.Privacy notice