James joined chambers in October 2018. His practice encompasses the full range of chambers’ areas of expertise, including commercial and company disputes, contentious trusts, civil fraud, insolvency, and probate and estates litigation.
James regularly appears as sole counsel at interim and final hearings in the County Court and High Court, and is also frequently led in a counsel team on complex and high-value disputes. In keeping with chambers’ reputation, James enjoys working with lawyers and clients from other jurisdictions, and on matters involving international and conflicts of laws elements.
Since starting practice, James has twice been seconded from chambers for three months: first to the litigation team at Walkers (Guernsey) LLP, during which he worked on a wide range of commercial, civil fraud, and contentious trusts cases, gaining a detailed familiarity with the jurisdiction; and second to the private wealth disputes team at Mishcon de Reya LLP, during which he handled a varied caseload of probate and succession litigation.
Examples of James’s recent work include:
- Molard International (PTC) Limited & another v Rusnano Capital AG (in liquidation)  GCA077 (and ongoing): James acts (with Edward Cumming QC) as English counsel in Guernsey proceedings for a company in a Russian-owned technology investment group which seeks the termination of a trust of which it is the sole beneficiary. The Guernsey Court of Appeal decision is the leading authority on a beneficiary’s ability to terminate a Guernsey trust under the Trusts (Guernsey) Law 2007.
- Fonds Rusnano Capital SA v CRGF GP Ltd (Guernsey Royal Court, 2019): James acted (with Edward Cumming QC) in a two week trial in the Guernsey Royal Court, in which a company in the Russian-owned ‘Rusnano’ group sought the rescission of a $125 million limited partnership agreement on the basis of alleged fraudulent misrepresentations by the former member of Rusnano’s staff who owned the general partner.
- Parks v Parks & another (Lewes County Court, 2020): James successfully obtained (both at first instance and on appeal) summary judgment against an adult child claimant under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, on the basis that there was no real prospect of establishing that the deceased’s will had not made reasonable financial provision for the claimant on the evidence that had been filed in advance of trial.
Further details of James’s experience are set out below.
Areas of experience
BA English Language and Literature (First Class, top 5 in university) – Brasenose College, Oxford
MSt English 1550-1700 (Distinction) – Lincoln College, Oxford
Graduate Dip. Law (Distinction) – Oxford Brookes University
Scholarships and Prizes
Lord Mansfield Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn’s top award, 2016)
Winner, ESU-Essex Court National Mooting Competition (2016)
Lord Brougham Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2015)
Hardwicke Award (Lincoln’s Inn, 2015)
Sloane Robinson Graduate Scholarship (Lincoln College, Oxford, 2014)
The Chancery Bar Association
The Commercial Bar Association
Panel member, Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit)