James Popperwell > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Macfarlanes LLP Offices
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Litigation and dispute resolution
James is head of the firm’s fraud practice. He specialises in asset tracing and enforcement and the management of complex, international disputes in state courts and arbitration. As well as running disputes at all levels of the English courts, James has significant experience in managing parallel proceedings in different jurisdictions.
James has over 19 years of experience acting on disputes relating to Russia, Ukraine and the CIS and has represented clients from these regions in various courts across the world, including in the Eastern Caribbean, the Channel Islands, Cyprus and Hong Kong, as well as in ICC, LCIA and VIAC arbitrations. James has significant experience of obtaining and defending interim injunctive relief in support of proceedings in England and elsewhere.
James also advises on corporate and shareholder disputes (including in relation to companies incorporated overseas), bribery and corruption, sanctions, money laundering and insolvency proceedings. He is often asked to represent overseas clients in jurisdictional challenges in England and has done so on the basis of diplomatic and sovereign immunity as well as the more traditional grounds.
James combines his fraud expertise with an intricate knowledge of litigation funding in all its forms. James has advised litigation funders on structuring some of the most innovative funding arrangements in recent years. James is a contributing author to the Law Society’s Handbook on Litigation Funding and a regular speaker on funding issues.
James is qualified to act as an independent supervising solicitor on search orders.
James is a partner champion of our Balance network, a forum providing networking and peer support for all staff managing careers and home lives, to achieve a sustainable work-life balance.
Qualified 2001; partner 2013
- Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association (CFLA)
- Commercial Litigators’ Forum (CLF)
- Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
- London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
The members of Macfarlanes LLP‘s team are considered to be ‘good collaborators and open-minded.‘ The group handles a wide range of civil fraud matters and is led by James Popperwell, who is active in matters relating to Russia, Ukraine and the CIS region. Senior counsel Chloë Edworthy is well versed in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and Neill Blundell is experienced in matters at the intersection of fraud and white-collar crime. The practice is also recommended for its knowledge of offshore structures and the litigation funding elements of fraud cases.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Dispute resolution > Competition litigation
- Employment > Employee share schemes
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Investment fund formation and management > Fund finance
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations
- Finance > Acquisition finance
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Finance > Derivatives and structured products
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
- Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)
- Investment fund formation and management > Private funds
- Real estate > Property finance
- Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds
- Real estate > Residential property
- Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax
- Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency
- Employment > Employers
- Real estate > Environment
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Corporate and commercial > Partnership
- Finance > Securitisation
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Employment > Immigration
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)