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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.
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.
University of Bristol (1998 BA (Hons) First Class Ancient History); College of Law Chester (1999 CPE, 2000 LPC).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
Gowling WLG‘s practice is widely regarded for its expertise in large, multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as in domestic High Court matters. Senior litigation partner in the London team, James Sidwell, specialises in domestic and cross -border disputes in the banking and financial services sectors, together with fraud and asset tracing, contentious trusts and regulatory enforcement work. Other notable litigators are Andrew Smith, who has been active in the automotive, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and heavy industry sectors, and commercial disputes specialist Catherine Naylor. Legal director Verity Barker and principal associates Emily Till and Tom Cox are also active practitioners.
The ‘approachable and helpful’ Gowling WLG has experience across a range of contentious regulatory matters, including those relating to LIBOR and FX. The firm also provides expertise in FCA and PRA authorisation, supervision, enforcement and the regulatory aspects of Fintech. Practice head James Sidwell acts in corporate and financial services litigation, as well as fraud and asset tracing, contentious trusts and regulatory matters.
The team at Gowling WLG is primarily based in London but draws on the expertise of the firm’s private client practitioners in Singapore, Dubai and Toronto. It handles all aspects of trusts litigation for its clients, many of whom are internationally based. Newly promoted partner Catherine Naylor leads the team and has a particular focus on complex multi-jurisdictional cases. Andrew Witts is well regarded for his work on international and offshore cases, while James Sidwell has extensive experience of contentious trusts matters.
Gowling WLG acts for and against large banking institutions in a range of contentious matters, including regulatory, structured finance, restructuring and fraud disputes. James Sidwell, who has a breadth of experience spanning banking litigation and contentious regulatory matters, leads the team. Recently promoted partner Catherine Naylor and principle associate Verity Barker are other names to note.
Gowling WLG specialises in state-related anti-fraud matters and international fraud cases, including disputes originating in Brazil, Africa, Europe and offshore jurisdictions. James Sidwell focuses on domestic and international fraud and asset tracing, acting primarily for financial services companies and high-net-worth individuals.
- Leading individuals - London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Commercial litigation: mid-market - London > Dispute resolution
- Fraud: civil - London > Crime, fraud and licensing
- Contentious trusts and probate - London > Private client
- Financial services: contentious - London > Corporate and commercial
- Banking litigation: investment and retail - London > Dispute resolution
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution > Mediators
- Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds
- Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Water
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Industry focus > Energy and infrastructure
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets - low-mid cap
- Employment > Health and safety
- Public sector > Healthcare
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure (PFI and PPP)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare
- Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)
- Industry focus > Retail and consumer
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Industry focus > Emerging markets
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Public sector > Local government
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals
- Real estate > Planning
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Transport > Rail
- Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds
- Industry focus > TMT
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Dispute resolution > Competition litigation
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Real estate > Property finance
- Real estate > Social housing: finance
- Corporate and commercial > Venture capital
- Public sector > Administrative and public law
- Transport > Aviation
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration