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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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James is the Managing Partner of Mishcon de Reya. He is a litigator who acts mainly for individuals and families in global commercial disputes, and employment and reputation matters. He has been involved in a number of the highest profile cases of the last 20 years, including acting for Deborah Lipstadt in her defence of the claim brought against her by the holocaust denier, David Irving (which case was made into a film, Denial); for Gina Miller in both her recent Supreme Court challenges relating to Article 50 and, in 2019, prorogation; for the Jewish Labour Movement in its referral of the Labour Party to the EHRC; and for several other politicians of all hues over the last 15 years or so.

He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Law in 2018.

James was appointed Managing Partner in 2020, with responsibility for the overall operational management of the law firm.

James has sat as a trustee and chaired several charities, particularly in the refugee space and currently chairs Prism, the Gift Fund, a charity that seeks to increase the flow of funds to the philanthropic sector.



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Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management

(Leading individuals)

James LibsonMishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s ‘premier reputation management team’ specialises in crisis management and reputation protection, working with the firm’s broad network of practitioners to provide a discreet service. Acting for both claimants and defendants, the practice advises international UHNWIs, multinational businesses, and media production companies. Media litigator Emma Woollcott leads the practice with particular expertise handling crisis situations and hostile media campaigns, particularly against minority women. Managing partner James Libson has substantial experience acting for a variety of high-profile clients and charities, and Alexandra Whiston-Dew expertly deals with reputational crises and complex multijurisdictional disputes. Michael Frost is also recommended for his ‘forensic attention to detail.’

London > Public sector > Administrative and public law

(Leading individuals)

James LibsonMishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s core specialism lies in handling judicial review claims involving a wide range of matters engaging human rights issues. The firm regularly engages in defending politically motivated persecutions, including extradition claims. The group also has a strong track record of holding companies and governments to account. Managing partner James Libson  has built a very strong reputation for high profile clients, including charities and corporations. Maria Patsalos has experience acting on claims relating to political asylum. Managing associate Katy Coltonhas the business and political awareness that few lawyers of her seniority have‘.

London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

(Firms to watch)

Andrew Goldstone, Alexander Rhodes and James Libson lead the offering at Mishcon de Reya LLP that is particularly well-placed to advise individuals on charitable vehicles and governance structures as part of their estate and succession planning objectives.