James Angus

Managing Associate Jersey
Top 35 Under 35 ePrivateClient 2019

Overview

James is an experienced litigation and insolvency lawyer. He was named one of the UK's Top 35 Under 35 (2018), and has a demonstrated track-record of expertise and client care particularly in the fields of shareholder litigation, contentious insolvency and contentious trust work (with a particular cross-border focus). He maintains a busy practice as a courtroom advocate in these areas.
  • Background & experience

    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.

    Admitted in:

    2012 - England and Wales (non-practising)
    2015 - Jersey
    2016 - Cayman Islands
     

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  • Recognition

    Top 35 Under 35 ePrivateClient 2019
    His advice was always accessibly expressed, thoroughly reasoned and sensible – his approach was equally rigorous in presenting the client's position to the Jersey court. Client feedback 2018
    James engaged closely with me as instructing solicitor and directly with the client on a very sensitive family trust matter, and was engaging and responsive. I was particularly impressed with his ability to turn the matter round quickly and his commitment at a time when he was due to be on paternity leave! Client feedback 2018
    James’ client interaction is strong. He comes across as personable, open and competent, as well as accessible and responsive. Client feedback 2018
    James is clearly legally minded and enjoys the subject matter as well possessing the skills and knowledge to make considered judgement and advise clearly and succinctly. The advice we have received to date has been accurate and well assessed, resulting in success in court. Client feedback 2018