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Gowling WLG
4 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE
LONDON
SE1 2AU
England
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Position

Based in LG’s respected dispute resolution team, James is an experienced commercial litigator with a particular focus on banking and regulatory disputes. He specialises in domestic and cross-border disputes in the banking and financial services sectors together with risk management, contentious regulatory and investigatory work. James has been involved in a large number of high-profile matters before domestic and international courts, as well as arbitral bodies. He is also part of the team advising the Federal Republic of Brazil and the municipality of Sao Paulo in the high-profile ongoing case about claims brought against British Virgin Islands-registered companies allegedly owned by Paulo Maluf, the former mayor of Sao Paulo.

Career

Slaughter and May 2001-07; Allens Arthur Robinson (Melbourne) 2007-09; Lawrence Graham LLP, solicitor 2010-11, partner 2011 to date; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.

Education

University of Bristol (1998 BA (Hons) First Class Ancient History); College of Law Chester (1999 CPE, 2000 LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

Gowling WLG acts in high-profile regulatory matters, including LIBOR and FX claims, and frequently assists with disputes involving structured finance, restructuring, and fraud. James Sidwell has extensive experience in banking and finance litigation, as well as contentious regulatory issues. Director Catherine Naylor, principal associate Verity Barker, and senior associate Sean Adams are also key contacts.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

Gowling WLG‘s team advises on international sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, mortgage fraud, asset freezing, missing trader fraud, carbon credit trading fraud, contentious trusts and insolvency. The firm, which is a founding and active member of the ICC FraudNet association, acts for insolvency practitioners, governments, foreign office holders, foreign trustees and other financial services clients in a wide variety of jurisdictions around the world. Co-head of team James Sidwell focuses on domestic and cross-border fraud and international asset tracing. Alex Jay, who also heads the team, specialises in international asset tracing and freezing injunctions. Catherine Naylor was promoted to partner.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Gowling WLG‘s team is ‘always responsive and thorough‘. The practice acts on large, multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as in domestic High Court matters.  It has particular strength in fraud and asset tracing, insurance and reinsurance, insolvency, financial services and contentious trusts. UK commercial litigation head  James Sidwell is a senior litigation partner in the London team while chairman Andrew Witts advises on international and offshore fraud cases. Also highly regarded are Alex Jay and Andrew Smith, whose primary office is Birmingham. Catherine Naylor has been promoted to partner.

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

Gowling WLG has particular experience in consumer credit and retail finance as well as capital markets, fund regulation and payment services. The firm also provides expertise in fintech, advising on the regulatory aspects of new technologies including blockchain. Practice head Ian Mason joined the firm in 2018 from DLA Piper and advises on a broad range of financial services regulatory issues, non-contentious and contentious. He has significant experience in regulatory investigations, in enforcement and on the defence side. On the contentious side he leads with expert litigator James Sidwell and their team has experience advising institutions and individuals on responding to regulatory investigations and FCA/PRA enforcement issues, including those related to anti-bribery, corruption and mortgage fraud.

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory

Gowling WLG has particular experience in consumer credit and retail finance as well as capital markets, fund regulation and payment services. The firm also provides expertise in fintech, advising on the regulatory aspects of new technologies including blockchain. Practice head Ian Mason joined the firm in 2018 from DLA Piper and advises on a broad range of financial services regulatory issues, non-contentious and contentious. He has significant experience in regulatory investigations, in enforcement and on the defence side. On the contentious side he leads with expert litigator James Sidwell and their team has experience advising institutions and individuals on responding to regulatory investigations and FCA/PRA enforcement issues, including those related to anti-bribery, corruption and mortgage fraud.