James specialises in fiduciary-law and commercial dispute resolution and insolvency. He advises on trust, company, regulatory and local and cross-border insolvency matters, as well as succession, probate and estates. He maintains a busy practice as a courtroom advocate in these areas.
Prior to joining Ogier in 2017, James practised as an advocate in the dispute resolution departments of two large offshore law firms in Jersey and the Cayman Islands. He advises banking institutions, fiduciary and investment services providers, liquidators and government and regulatory bodies.
In the restructuring and insolvency arena, James has provided dispute resolution support to some of the largest offshore restructurings in 2017/8, including the recent Kennedy Wilson restructuring by Scheme of Arrangement where he appeared as Advocate for Kennedy Wilson.
He regularly advises foreign insolvency practitioners on recognition and enforcement in Jersey, and specialises in contentious cross-border insolvency matters and, in particular, advising and representing liquidators regarding asset recovery in corporate insolvencies.
His work at Ogier has included:
- Advising clients on Hastings-Bass applications and mistake applications, "article 51" applications on seeking court blessing for momentous decisions and "article 47" applications to vary trusts
- Advising international trustees in respect of cross-border issues and Jersey law in respect of issues relating to consent and duress in relation to appointments out of trusts
- Advising trustees on their duties in relation to disclosure (including the interplay between trustees duties to the court and duties to beneficiaries) particularly in respect of matrimonial proceedings
He also acted for a trustee in relation to a dispute between a hedge fund and its founder, including advice on the law relating to injunctive relief.
James read Classics with Linguistics as a Foundation Scholar at Queens' College, Cambridge. He completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Law in 2011 and Bar Professional Training Course in 2012 at the City Law School and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Inner Temple with an Open Exhibition in 2012. He completed the Jersey Bar exams and was called to the Jersey Bar in 2015.
2012 - England and Wales (non-practising)
2015 - Jersey
2016 - Cayman Islands