James has a broad practice encompassing all areas of commercial litigation, including conflicts of laws, energy and natural resources, product liability, banking and finance, international trade, and confidentiality and privilege.

He has a particularly prominent reputation in the areas of professional negligence, insurance and reinsurance, and commercial arbitration (often with an international element). He has wide experience of advising and acting in relation to all manner of contractual and tortious disputes.

In the professional negligence context, James regularly acts in cases involving a range of professionals, including accountants, financial advisers, insurance brokers, Lloyd’s members’ agents, bankers, company directors, and solicitors. Much of his work in this area, and in the field of insurance and reinsurance, is concerned with the financial services sector. His clients include major accountancy firms, prominent banks, and financial institutions.

James also has experience across a range of general commercial disputes, including in the energy and financial sectors. He regularly advises and acts in cases with an international flavour, often involving conflicts of laws issues and matters of international commerce.

Arbitration is a significant element of James’ practice, including regular involvement in substantial international commercial litigation. James has also appeared on behalf of clients in a number of professional disciplinary tribunals.

James has extensive experience of substantial litigation and is familiar with the particular demands of large-scale court and arbitration proceedings. His appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 2018 reflected his reputation and expertise as a leader and an advocate.

As well as appearing regularly in the Courts of England and Wales and in arbitration in London and elsewhere, James is a registered advocate in the Dubai International Financial Centre Court.

If you are interested in instructing James, please contact our clerks for further information as to his expertise and availability.