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James Fairbairn

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Dispute resolution.


James is a partner who represents clients in all forms of commercial dispute resolution with some emphasis on banking, professional negligence and contract disputes. He acts for banks, other financial institutions and many blue chip companies. As well as one-off unique cases James assists clients with portfolios of similar cases and has developed bespoke case management systems and solutions. He has a particular interest in cost issues and is developing cost management systems aimed at keeping costs proportionate to case value – particularly important with lower value claims. James has been lauded for his ability to handle pressurised situations and maintain a strategic approach at all times and that his clients attest to his “experience, honesty and commitment.” He is a Solicitor Advocate with higher rights of audience and often represents his clients in court. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an adjudicator on construction disputes.


Trained Charles Russell, qualified 1984, Charles Russell 1982-90; partner Dentons (formerly SNR Dentons) 2000-present.


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Professional Negligence Lawyers Association; Technology and Construction Courts Solicitors’ Association Current directorships: Trustee of three charities.


University of Sussex (BA Hons 1980); The College of Law (1982); Higher Courts (Civil Advocacy) Qualification (2011); Senior Courts of England and Wales (BA (Law) solicitor)1984); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) (1998).

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Leading individuals

James Fairbairn - Dentons

Within: Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Dentons’ commercial litigation practice stands out for its expertise in international work, particularly in the field of financial disputes and investigations. The team specialises also in professional negligence and breach of contract disputes, franchising, product liability, asset finance, fraud and construction. Clients are from the banking, insurance, construction, energy, automotive, sports, retail and leisure sectors. James Fairbairn and Tim Constable head the practice from the Milton Keynes and Watford offices respectively. Watford-based Clare Stothard and Steven Mills are specialists in investment and retail banking disputes.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

James Fairbairn - Dentons

Within: Professional negligence

Dentons is skilled in handling high-value negligence matters for its international roster of clients, which include major financial institutions, blue-chip companies, and high-net-worth private individuals. Milton Keynes-based James Fairbairn is the key name to note, bringing a blend of his litigation experience to professional negligence matters. Also recommended is practice head Tim Constable in the Watford office.

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