In the restructuring arena, James has particular expertise as an advocate in Jersey schemes of arrangement and has acted on a number of prominent schemes. In 2018, he was advocate for target and bidder respectively in the two largest schemes of arrangement in Jersey history: Randgold Resources Limited's merger with Barrick Gold Corporation and Takeda Pharmaceutical's acquisition of Shire plc. James also regularly advises on creditor schemes of arrangement.
James regularly advises foreign insolvency practitioners on recognition and enforcement in Jersey. He specialises in contentious cross-border insolvency matters and, in particular, advising and representing liquidators regarding asset recovery in corporate insolvencies.
Since 2018, James has accepted instructions as external counsel to the newly formed Economic Crime and Confiscation Unit. In addition to that role, James also regularly advises private clients on regulatory and compliance related matters.
James also regularly advises on contentious trust law matters and applications under the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 (TJL). He has experience of acting both for beneficiaries and trustees, including providing advice to trustees in respect of their duties in a cross-border context. In this area, his work at Ogier has included:
- Advising clients on Hastings-Bass applications and mistake applications;
- Article 51 TJL blessing applications for momentous trustee decisions;
- Article 47 TJL applications to vary trusts;
- Advising trustees on their duties in relation to foreign proceedings impinging on Jersey trusts.
James read Classics with Linguistics as a Foundation Scholar at Queens' College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012, to the Jersey Bar in 2015 and the Cayman Islands Bar in 2016.
2012 - England and Wales (non-practising)
2015 - Jersey
2016 - Cayman Islands