James is a commercial litigator advising companies and Governments on complex contractual and commercial disputes, and on a wide range of breach of contract claims, including English High Court litigation and international arbitration. He has considerable experience of managing multi-jurisdictional disputes.
He advises Governments and their anti-corruption agencies seeking to trace, freeze and recover the corruptly acquired assets of dishonest public officials. That experience includes civil proceedings to recover the proceeds of corruption, enforcing foreign confiscation orders, advising on requests for mutual legal assistance in criminal proceedings and using insolvency remedies to recover assets. He speaks regularly about asset recovery at international anti-corruption conferences organised by international donors, and has provided significant pro-bono support to anti-corruption NGOs.
His experience includes advising the Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands in one of the largest civil recovery programmes in the world, involving an extensive number of cases seeking to recover land obtained by corruption, the termination of substantial development agreements, and claims for misappropriated funds and evaded stamp duty.
His anti-corruption practice includes advising companies on effective training and compliance programs, internal reviews and enquiries, and responding to external investigations. He has advised developing countries on the legislation and systems required to recover the proceeds of corruption.
James is included in the 2013 International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Asset Recovery.
He is recommended by the UK Legal 500, in which clients have described James as "diligent" and "unflappable".
Represented Tata Steel in ICC arbitration proceedings against an international consortium of steel slab producers arising from the termination of a long-term supply agreement. The proceedings led to the recovery of US$130m.
Defended an ICC arbitration claim for US$250 million against an African state arising from the termination of a concession agreement to rehabilitate and operate an industrial complex.
Acted for a FTSE100 company in a claim against the former managing director of a newly acquired subsidiary for the diversion of business opportunities and assets to a competing company he controlled.
Advised on a number of disputes arising from the failure of high-value products and goods, including a £250 million claim arising from a pipeline failure allegedly caused by breaches of specification.
Advised on claims arising from the failure of a structured investment vehicle exposed to the US sub-prime market.
Acting on a judicial review challenge to the Inland Revenue's decision retrospectively to increase the rates payable on an industrial site.