James Maton > Cooley (UK) LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Cooley (UK) LLP
22 Bishopsgate

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Work Department

Commercial Litigation
International Commercial Arbitration
Public International Law
Asset Recovery
Crisis Management
Product Compliance & Product Liability


James Maton is a partner in Cooley’s London office and heads Cooley’s versatile UK disputes practice. He acts for companies and states on a wide range of commercial, contractual, product liability, and public international law disputes, whether resolved in Court proceedings or arbitration. His cases are often multi-jurisdictional and his work for companies is particularly focused on the technology and manufacturing sectors. He conducts and co-ordinates internal investigations, and is experienced at helping companies to manage and resolve the numerous legal and reputational challenges that unexpected crises can present.

James has advised states worldwide on sensitive public international law issues, and on the remedies for the corrupt activities of public officials, including representing states in civil proceedings seeking to trace, freeze and recover the proceeds of corruption or seeking compensation for corruption, advising on termination of corrupt contracts, assisting with civil recovery under Proceeds of Crime legislation, and advising on requests for mutual legal assistance in criminal proceedings. He often co-ordinates multi-jurisdictional teams. James is a co-author of the Third Edition of “Corruption and Misuse of Public Office,” published in October 2017 by the Oxford University Press.



  • BPP Law School
    LPC, 1996
  • Oxford University, New College
    BA, 1994

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

Instructed by private and public sector clients, the team at Cooley (UK) LLP acts in corruption, investigation, asset recovery and insurance matters on a regular basis. It has noteworthy connections to Asian, African and Caribbean jurisdictions. James Maton leads the practice, which also includes Laurence Harris and Henry Stewart as integral team members.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

(Leading individuals)

James MatonCooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s broad PIL practice ranges from investment treaty and international trade disputes and advisory work, to Law of the Sea advice for coastal states, issues of state responsibility in highly contentious regional areas, and international asset recovery work. The London office also has notable investor-state arbitration strength. The practice is led by James Maton, whose PIL expertise spans investor-state arbitrations and treaty disputes; Laurence Harris‘ practice covers complex commercial, public law, and cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes; and the ‘responsive, thorough and engaged‘ consultant John Brown is a Law of the Sea specialist. The second line of practitioners comprises Henry Stewart, whose PIL litigation expertise includes asset recovery and anti-corruption matters; and associate Juan Nascimbene, who focuses on international treaty arbitration, PIL work and international economic law. Former independent consultant Tim Daniel formally retired from the firm during 2022.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s London practice handles both commercial and investor-state disputes. It is particularly experienced in life sciences and technology-related matters, but the group also has a strong track record in energy, oil and gas, construction, financial services, infrastructure development, defence/aerospace and insurance/reinsurance-related arbitrations. UK disputes head James Maton defends clients against commercial, contractual, product liability, and public international law disputes, while Laurence Harris is experienced in international arbitration proceedings.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

Cooley (UK) LLP has an unparalleled reputation for representing companies operating in the life sciences and healthcare space, and is marked out by one client as ‘a clear leader in that critical and growing sector‘. The team’s recent work concerning clinical trials on behalf of IQVIA – led by respected litigators Laurence Harris and Henry Stewart – was just one such example. James Maton oversees the practice.