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

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s London asset recovery team advises a wide range of private and public entities across a variety of sectors and jurisdictions, with work spread as far afield as the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Africa. Headed by UK disputes head James Maton, the team’s work encompasses insurance, corruption, and debt recovery, amongst others. Other integral team members include Laurence Harris, business litigator Henry Stewart and Sascha Grimm, who leads the firm’s crisis management team.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s London team is routinely mandated for matters involving oil and gas exploration work, licensing rights in the Middle East, technology licensing, and disputes involving life sciences sector clients. It is additionally sought out by blue-chip insurers and reinsurers from the UK, US, Bermuda, and continental Europe to assist with disputes. Henry Stewart acts in high-value arbitrations for life sciences companies, while James Maton is UK disputes head. Laurence Harris also has notable international arbitration experience.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

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Cooley (UK) LLP‘s London team acts across a broad spectrum of PIL matters. Its coverage ranges from investment treaty and international trade disputes, to providing Law of the Sea advice to coastal states. The group also assists with state responsibility issues, and has longstanding expertise in international asset recovery work. The PIL practice of London disputes head James Maton incorporates both investor-state arbitrations and treaty disputes; Laurence Harris is an expert in advising clients on their government asset recovery programmes; and Henry Stewart‘s PIL workload includes anti-corruption matters. The ‘absolutely superbJohn Brown is a renowned consultant on Law of the Sea matters, who advises on maritime boundary delimitation issues, as well as freedom of navigation issues at geo-political levels; and associate Juan Nascimbene routinely acts in major PIL-related disputes.