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Fountain Court Chambers

FOUNTAIN COURT, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9DH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7583 3335
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5 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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London, Singapore

James McClelland

Tel:
Work 020 7583 3335
Email:
Web:
www.fountaincourt.co.uk/people/james-mcclelland/
Fountain Court Chambers (Fountain Court Chambers)

Work Department

Commercial, public and regulatory.

Position

James has a wide-ranging practice in commercial litigation and arbitration, public law (including all forms of judicial review and statutory challenge), and the regulation of legal and financial services. He has appeared in a number of the most significant reported cases in each of these areas in recent years.

James has been profiled by Legal Week as one of its Stars at the Bar and nominated for both commercial litigation and banking and finance junior of the year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards. He has been named as “one of the leading senior juniors in commercial litigation” (Legal 500) and “a rising star of the Commercial Bar” (Chambers and Partners). James’ public law practice is of equal depth.

He is one of the Attorney General’s A Panel Counsel, in which capacity he is appointed to conduct the most complex trial and appellate advocacy for central government in all aspects of public law. James was previously a tutor and then college lecturer in public law at Oxford University and in 2019 was named by Finance Monthly as its UK public law lawyer of the year.

Career

Called 2004, Lincoln’s Inn.

Appointed to Attorney General's A Panel (2018), previously on the B Panel (2012-2017) and C Panel (2009-2012).

Languages

French.

Education

Peterhouse, Cambridge University (MA, Double First, comprising top Starred First in the University); Merton College, Oxford University (BCL, Distinction); City University (GDL, Distinction); ICSL (BVC, Outstanding). Speaks French.


London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

Within: Leading Juniors

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a huge brain yet remains humble, engaging and commercial.

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Juniors

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersHe has fantastic analytical skills, never misses a point, and has a good strategic mind.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Juniors

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersA brilliant lawyer who leaves no stone unturned.

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Financial services regulation

Within: Leading Juniors

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersA cut above the rest, he has a huge brain but remains humble, engaging and commercial.

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Within: Leading Juniors

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersHis advocacy is cerebral yet accessible.

Within: Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Noted for its 'fantastic strength in depth,' Fountain Court Chambers’ barristers are 'very highly regarded' by instructing solicitors and 'regularly  lead on significant regulatory investigations and prosecutions'. Richard Coleman QC and Chloe Carpenter successfully acted for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) before the Court of Appeal concerning two appeals heard together, SRA v Malins and Wingate and Evans v SRA. The core issue in question was the inter-relationship between honesty and integrity for the purpose of professional codes of conduct; the court ruled that the qualities were not indistinguishable. Meanwhile, James McClelland represented the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in resisting an injunction application made by Taveta Investments, owned by Sir Philip Green, which sought to prevent the FRC from publishing the results of its investigation into PwC's audit of BHS' accounts prior to the retailer's collapse.

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