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James is a criminal practitioner who has been focused for over 20 years on commercial and tax fraud. He has appeared in numerous serious, complex and high-profile fraud trials, usually with a substantial international element. In recent years, he has been involved principally in financial services and other business-related investigations and, in particular, the series of Euribor interest rate rigging cases, one of which has recently resulted in appeals against convictions being heard in the Court of Appeal.

During the last few years, James has been instructed as the lead prosecutor in the trials concerning the manipulation of the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR).

He has also been involved in other investigations concerning Barclays Bank which concern LIBOR and capital raisings which took place in 2008.

He is appearing for five directors in a civil case which concerns the exercise of their duties under the Companies Act 2006.

Through his cases, he has gained experience of a wide range of business activities and associated regulation.

He is also instructed in relation to an investigation into professional advice given to companies and individuals about circumventing the Loan Charge, a tax provision designed to defeat a tax avoidance technique of paying employees by loans rather than by salary.



Grays Inn
South Eastern Circuit
Criminal Bar Association
Fraud Lawyers Association


Exeter University LLB (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

James Waddington KCFoundry ChambersJames has a commanding presence and due to his wealth of experience, very well placed to provide excellent advice and confidence to clients throughout what can be a lengthy and difficult process for them. He ensures he is always on top of his game with very detailed preparation and considers each point, irrespective of how small it may be. Very approachable and excellent with clients. Brilliant in court and outstanding on his written advocacy.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

James Waddington KC – Foundry ChambersJames has many years of experience and a great presence, as a consequence, in court,’

Cited for their ‘depth of expertise in fraud representation both from prosecution and defence’, the set at Foundry Chambers are instructed in and defend corporates and individual involved in SFO and FCA investigations. In R v Dominic Thorncroft, John McGuinness KC successfully prosecuted a defendant who held himself out as an anti-money laundering expert while allowing the proceeds of an investment fraud to be sent overseas to Hong Kong and mainland China. James Waddington KC (in London Capital and Finance) represents five directors of London Oil and Gas, with regards to an SFO investigation into the collapse of London Capital and Finance Ltd (LCF) and LOG. In another case, Jessica Tate defends a client accused of conspiracy to commit a “boiler room” fraud relating to Ecuadorian gold mines as a vehicle for money laundering. Mukul Chawla KC rejoined the set in January 2022 from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, where he remains a consultant.