James has been regularly instructed in some of the most high-profile and high-value commercial litigation in recent years, including:
- Office of Fair Trading v Abbey National and others: acting for the Lloyds Banking Group (with Bankim Thanki QC, Richard Handyside QC and Edward Levey) in the OFT test case on bank overdraft charges, including appearing in the Supreme Court.
- Crédit Agricole and FGIC v IKB: instructed by the German bank IKB (with David Railton QC and Derrick Dale QC) in relation to a fraud claim for damages in excess of $2bn in connection with various complex securitisation transactions and listed for a 10-week trial in the Commercial Court.
- American Reliable and CNA v Willis: represented Willis (with Christopher Hancock QC, Bankim Thanki QC, Richard Coleman and Alexander Gunning) in respect of very substantial claims for damages of over $500m arising out of the PA LMX reinsurance market.
(All three were identified as top cases of the year by The Lawyer.)
In the last 12 months, James has, among other cases, acted for Barclays (with David Railton QC and Giles Wheeler) against UniCredit in a trial of a substantial ‘credit crunch’-related matter in the Commercial Court; been instructed by Vincent Tchenguiz in a £200 million damages claim against the Serious Fraud Office (with Bankim Thanki QC and Rosalind Phelps); and has continued to act for the City of Florence (with Patricia Robertson QC) in proceedings against three international investment banks concerning the public authority’s capacity to enter into various derivative transactions (and which has also been described as one of the top trials of 2013 by The Lawyer .)
In addition to his instructions as part of a larger counsel team, James also regularly acts as sole counsel, including recently in a substantial arbitration concerning the international coal trade and in the Commercial Court for Luton Airport in relation to a multi-million pound contractual dispute.
James has a broad commercial and civil practice in line with Chambers’ profile and is regularly instructed across a wide range of commercial and civil practice areas.