James has a broad commercial and chancery practice, encompassing commercial law, civil fraud, contentious trusts and estates, art and cultural property disputes, company law and insolvency, and professional negligence.
He is one of a small handful of junior barristers recommended as “Rising Leaders” in Legal Week’s 2022 Private Client Global Elite directory.
Alongside a substantial domestic caseload, James very frequently works with lawyers and clients from other jurisdictions, and advises and acts in matters involving international and conflict of laws elements. He has particular recent experience of disputes taking place in Guernsey, Jersey, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Hong Kong.
Examples of James’s current and recent work include:
- Adams & ors v FS Capital Limited & ors (High Court, ongoing): James acts (with Hugh Miall) on behalf of c.650 beneficiaries of 3 Jersey-law EFRBSs who seek the recovery of assets with a nine-figure book value on the basis that the sale of the assets was a fraud on the power.
- Re A Bahamian Trust (Supreme Court of the Bahamas, 2021 and ongoing): James acts (led by Francis Tregear QC) in proceedings concerning a Bahamian trust in circumstances where the mental capacity of the settlor and the identity of the protector are contested.
- JSC Uzhuralzoloto Group of Companies v Petropavlovsk Plc & ors (High Court, 2021): James acted, led by Aiden Casey QC and Daniel Warents in a claim for injunctive relief to prevent the sale of a shareholding in an iron ore mining company by Petropavlovsk Plc.
- Molard International (PTC) Limited & another v Rusnano Capital AG (in liquidation)  GRC 011 and  GCA 077: James, led by Edward Cumming QC and assisting Rupert Morris, acted for a company in the Rusnano technology investment group which sought the termination of a trust of which it was the sole beneficiary, in circumstances where the trust deed contained a power to add beneficiaries. The Guernsey Court of Appeal decision is the leading authority on a beneficiary’s ability to terminate a Guernsey trust under section 53 of the Trusts (Guernsey) Law 2007.
- Fonds Rusnano Capital SA v CRGF GP Ltd (Guernsey Royal Court, 2019: judgment pending): James, led by Edward Cumming QC and assisting Sarah Brehaut, acted for Fonds Rusnano in this trial in the Guernsey Royal Court, seeking the dissolution of a limited partnership holding shares in the Chinese ride-hailing company, Didi Chuxing.
Further details of James’s experience are set out below.