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James Maton

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Cooley LLP

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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

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Cooley (UK) LLP advises clients on multi-jurisdictional fraud matters, asset recovery, arbitration, and commercial, contractual, product liability and public international law disputes. Clients include private companies, states, public sector bodies and individuals. James Maton and Laurence Harris head the team, in which Henry Stewart and Sascha Grimm were promoted to partner. Louise Delahunty left the firm for McCann FitzGerald.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'commercial litigation team is second to none in terms of knowing its clients' business and giving targeted advice'. The London litigation team's work is international and frequently multi-jurisdictional, and it covers asset recovery, employment, general commercial disputes, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, life sciences, product liability, public international law, technology disputes and IP. James Maton heads the UK disputes practice, Laurence Harris  is vice chair of the global litigation department and Rod Freeman is an experienced product litigation lawyer. Also key to the group are Kevin Perry and Mark Deem. Sascha Grimm and Henry Stewart have been promoted to partner.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'practice group comprises individuals who work strongly together as a team to produce meaningful results'. Its key strengths are international commercial (particularly oil and gas exploration matters) and investment treaty arbitrations, as well as insurance and reinsurance-related arbitrations. James Maton heads the London litigation team, which also includes Mark Everiss, Mark Deem and Laurence Harris, along with David Kendall, Kevin Perry and special counsels Christophe Bondy and Joshua Brien. Henry Stewart was promoted to partner, while James Crabtree left for Keystone Law.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

At Cooley (UK) LLP,¬†Tim Daniel¬†is noted for his work with a number of governments and parastatals, particularly in the developing world. Key mandates include representing various states before the ICJ in a number of significant land and maritime boundary disputes. Daniel's practice also covers counter‚Äźterrorism and asset tracing for states and private companies; he continues to advise the government of Nigeria on national and international boundaries. James Maton¬†and¬†Laurence Harris¬†act for corporations and governments in a wide range of complex commercial, regulatory and public international law disputes, with a focus on the recovery of¬†proceeds of corruption and enforcing foreign confiscation orders. John Brown¬†is an expert in maritime boundary delimitation and in the definition of maritime zones. Counsels Christophe Bondy¬†and Joshua Brien¬†are also of note for investment-state arbitration, Law of the Sea matters and for issues concerning the continental shelf.

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