James is the firm’s Managing Partner and a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department.
James has over 20 years’ experience of dealing with complex commercial disputes in Jersey and other offshore and international jurisdictions. James has acted as an expert witness on Jersey law and regularly appears before the island’s senior courts.
He has a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice which encompasses asset recovery, trust and estate disputes, shareholder and other corporate disputes and cases involving access to information and the restraint of use of improperly obtained information.
James clients include ultra-HNWIs, HNWIs, financial institutions, law firms, executors, settlors, trustees and beneficiaries.
Recent work highlights include acting for a former trustee defending a £40 million breach of trust claim, acting for an ultra-HNWI defending claims under a side letter, acting for a law firm to recover and restrain the use of improperly obtained information, acting for a law firm to defend claims to information and documents, acting for an HNWI to recover assets valued at circa £20 million from his brother and acting for an executor in proceedings relating to the estate of a deceased billionaire.
James has for many years been ranked in leading legal directories including Chambers and Partners, the Legal 500, the Citywealth Leaders’ List, Spears 500 and Who’s Who Legal.
James has variously been described as “an excellent advocate”, “able, sensible and very articulate”, ‘”ferociously bright”, “a first rate litigator”, “a clever guy who really thinks outside the box”, “a seriously clever chap who comes up with imaginative solutions to the most horrible legal problems“, and as someone who “works exceptionally hard for his clients. He takes complex litigation in his stride and assembles detailed facts and arguments into a clear and persuasive form.”
James is named in Legal Week’s list of “Private Client Global Elite” lawyers, is listed in the Legal 500’s “Hall of Fame” (after years of consistently being ranked by the Legal 500 as a leading dispute resolution lawyer in Jersey) and is listed by Citywealth as one of its ”Top 20 Lawyers for 2020″ and one of Jersey’s ”Top 20 Professionals”.