James McWilliams > Chambers of Ewan McQuater KC and Adrian Beltrami KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ewan McQuater KC and Adrian Beltrami KC
3 Verulam Buildings
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Work Department

Commercial Dispute Resolution
Fraud: Civil


James is a leading commercial junior with a practice that spans a broad range of commercial disputes, both in litigation in arbitration.  A confident advocate and a team player, he is equally happy acting as sole counsel as he is as part of a larger legal team. Much of James’ work has an international element. He has been called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in the BVI and is a registered practitioner with rights of audience at the AIFC in Kazakhstan.

James’ experience includes contractual disputes of all kinds, civil fraud and asset tracing, banking and financial services related litigation, insolvency and restructuring, company and partnership disputes, energy and professional negligence.



Chancery Bar Association

Insolvency Lawyers’ Association

Commercial Fraud Lawyers’ Association


Peterhouse, University of Cambridge – MA (Hons) History: First Class Honours

City, University of London – Graduate Diploma in Law

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

James McWilliams3 Verulam Buildings ‘James has a lot of gravitas for someone so junior, is commercially astute and a good lawyer.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

James McWilliams3 Verulam BuildingsVery strong all-round advocate. Is able to cut through complex issues to the core of the dispute. Excellent legal analysis, prepared to take robust positions and defend them strongly. Allies legal analytical ability with practical / commercial advice. Strong and persuasive oral advocate.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

James McWilliams3 Verulam Buildings ‘Incredibly clever, very hard working, excellent knowledge of fraud claims.’

3 Verulam Buildings has an ‘excellent choice of specialist barristers at different levels mostly focusing on complex commercial work and white-collar complex fraud cases and crime‘. The set’s members regularly feature on the market’s largest fraud claims, including thirteen who were involved SKAT v Solo Capital Partners, in which the Danish tax authority is alleging fraud against multiple defendants for withholding tax under double taxation treaties. David Quest KC and Philip Hinks acted for the defendants in State Bank of Qatar v Banque Havilland and Bolelyy, a multi-billion-dollar fraud claim that ultimately settled before trial, concerning an alleged conspiracy to sabotage the Qatari economy. In Ritchie Capital Management LLC v General Electric Company, Adrian Beltrami KC, Ewan McQuater KC and James McWilliams  successfully acted for General Electric in a complex multi-jurisdiction dispute arising out the US$3.6bn Petters Group Worldwide ponzi scheme, whose American eponymous founder Tom Petters is serving a five-decade federal prison sentence for fraud offences.