James Collins > CANDEY > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Litigation: Corporate & Commercial


Recognised by leading legal directories such as Legal 500 for being “particularly sought after for big-ticket Russia-related referrals”, James is an accomplished Solicitor Advocate with a wealth of experience in advising clients from a range of sectors on complex and high value commercial disputes. He has extensive familiarity with proceedings brought both in the English High Court and under a variety of institutional arbitration rules. Most of his work has typically involved a cross border element, Russia and the CIS in particular. James acts for a diverse array of individuals, office-holders and corporates. After taking a First, he trained and qualified at Herbert Smith, which included a 6 month secondment to its Moscow office, before spending almost a decade in the London offices of two top tier US practices prior to joining CANDEY in July 2017.

James’ practice has attracted strong praise from client testimonials, with recent Legal 500 publications praising him for being “always available, very creative, and with sound advice – the best recommendation we can possibly provide” (2022 Edition), and “a strategic thinker and a great lawyer if you have a high-profile case at stake.” (2021 Edition).


Trained and qualified, Herbert Smith (2006); Debevoise & Plimpton, London (2008-2012); Dechert (2012-2017); partner, CANDEY (2017).


Russian & Slovak


British-Russian Law Association; Anglo-Russian Law Association.


University of Northumbia (1998-2002) LLB (Hons) Exempting Degree – first class (winner of Watson Burton Award for Best Overall Performances).

2011 – Solicitor – Advocate (Higher Rights of Audience, all Courts)


Sport (principally football), travel, music, wine.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Commercial litigation and international arbitration boutique CANDEY is predominantly focused on cross-border work, and the ‘very good City firm‘ is particularly active in CIS, US, BVI and Cyprus-related matters. Experienced commercial dispute partners Ashkhan Candey and Andrew Dunn co-head the practice, which includes James Collins, who is particularly sought after for big-ticket Russia-related referrals, and Yuri Botiuk, who has over 20 years’ experience in acting for clients from the former Soviet Union.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Boutique firm CANDEY has a strong track record featuring in significant High Court and Court of Appeal cases that have either created new law or clarified existing law. Also notable is that the practice is highly rated for disputes involving the CIS, US, BVI and Cyprus. The group is jointly led by managing partner Ashkhan Candey and Andrew Dunn, who is a specialist in shareholder disputes and company law matters. Also integral to the group is Muhammed Haque QC, who regularly appears as leading counsel in high-profile and high-value commercial litigation. James Collins is experienced in proceedings brought in the English High Court. Yuri Botiuk is also a key individual. At senior solicitor level, Mei Wong has a broad range of experience in general commercial litigation and ADR matters.