James Weale > Serle Court > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Serle Court
6 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3QS
England

Position

Chancery and commercial litigation, arbitration, trusts (offshore and onshore), probate, civil fraud, company, partnership and LLP, probate, 1975 Act claims, and professional negligence.  Recent notable cases include: Wong v Grand View Private Trust Company, Schwartz v VGV, Chernukhin v Deripaska and Scarle v Scarle.

Career

Called: 2007.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association; ComBar.

Education

Educated at Latymer Upper School, Bristol University (LLB) and Lincoln College, Oxford (BCL).

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

James WealeSerle Court

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

James WealeSerle Court ‘James has excellent technical knowledge while always remaining commercial in his approach. He is an exceptional tactician and is unflappable.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

James WealeSerle Court ‘James has excellent technical knowledge while always remaining commercial in his approach. He is an exceptional tactician and is unflappable.’

Serle Court is ‘a class act‘ with ‘a number of fantastic silks and excellent junior coming up‘. The set has a top-notch reputation for high-end Chancery, offshore, and fraud claims, which translates well into broader commercial disputes. Several members, including Jonathan Adkin KC and Adil Mohamedbhai  for the trustee defendants and James Weale for an intervenor, are involved in Wong v Grand View Private Trust Company & Ors, a case before the Bermuda Supreme Court in which the claimant seeks to recover billions of dollars of assets purportedly held in the purpose trusts on behalf of his late father’s estate. Philip Marshall KC and Simon Hattan  are acting for one of the defendants, Kamran Amouzegar, in The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, a US$800m-plus fraud claim involving bribery allegations linked to banking and investments of Kuwait’s state pension fund.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

James Weale  – Serle Court ‘James is fast, responsive and intelligent. He always gives good practical advice. He is able to think outside the box and come up with inventive solutions for complex procedural and legal issues.’

Second to none for civil fraud‘, Serle Court is noted for its ‘superb silks and even better juniors‘. The set’s top-notch reputation for offshore and Chancery matters feeds into its market-leading commercial fraud practice. Members have been involved in several of the largest cases to hit the courts, including Public Institution for Social Security v Al Rajaan & Ors, a US$800m fraud claim involving bribery allegations linked to the banking and investments of the state pension fund of Kuwait, with Hugh Norbury KC co-leading for the claimant and Jonathan Adkin KC, Philip Marshall KC, Simon Hattan  and Charlotte Beynon  among those acting for defendants. Senior juniors are often top choices for silks outside of chambers, as demonstrated by James Weale‘s role on the claimant team in the long-running oligarch dispute Chernukhin v Deripaska, including a two-day Court of Appeal hearing in 2021.