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Astraea Group

Work Department

Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Regulatory Compliance and Investigations


James Ramsden KC has an expansive international practice in commercial dispute resolution, regulatory, disciplinary, media, sports and public law serving a diverse clientele of City, corporate, governmental and regulatory clients.

He is recognised by Chambers UK and Chambers Global as a leading King’s Counsel (KC) in commercial dispute resolution and civil fraud, described as “an absolute star” and “a totally dedicated and stellar leader”. He is a committed and versatile advocate who is known for leading cohesive and effective teams in complex and often time-constrained assignments.

Aside from the UK, he has been admitted to or advised in multiple jurisdictions including, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, US, Russia, Ukraine, Iceland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Uruguay, Australia, BVI, Jersey & Isle of Man. He was recently admitted to the Cayman Bar.

James lectures widely on Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Counter-Terrorism Financing (CTF), fraud and asset recovery and is author and contributing editor for the authoritative practitioner’s reference, Butterworths’ Financial Regulation Service.


Conversational French


Admitted to the Bar: England and Wales, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands

Memberships: Commercial Bar Association, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and
Chancery Bar Association


LLB (Hons) 1983 – 1986

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

A dynamic and innovative boutique disputes firm‘, Astraea Group was launched as an alternative business structure in 2021. The firm‘s multi-disciplinary team features the ‘immensely experienced strategistJames Ramsden KC (previously at 39 Essex Chambers), whose expertise covers crypto asset claims in the UK, Cayman, BVI, Singapore and New York; and Robert Bedford, who was promoted from legal director to partner in July 2023.  At associate level, Lisa McCreath has ‘an amazing ability to handle complex and factually-voluminous cases‘.