Called to the English Bar in 1975, James has been Queen's Counsel for over 20 years. James joined Baker & Partners in September 2018 as Senior Counsel, enhancing the firm's already renowned courtroom experience.
James has been admitted, permanently or pro hac, in a total of 11 international and offshore jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Gibraltar. He is the first English QC to join a Jersey firm.
After many years as a member of prestigious Serle Court Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn, London, James became a partner in the London office of Kobre & Kim LLP, a US/International law firm. He was Managing Partner of that firm’s Cayman Islands office from 2012-2014.
James is a leading authority on cross-border litigation in English and Commonwealth courts, with an emphasis on disputes in the financial services and technology industries as well as those related to insolvency. His work has often involved complex trusts, banking and securities matters, including claims of £100 million+ by non-English banks, brokerage firms and other institutions against major international banks including Standard Chartered Bank, JP Morgan Chase and The Royal Bank of Scotland. He is also a Chartered Arbitrator and CEDR Mediator and has arbitrated and mediated international disputes in many parts of the world. He is a graduate of the University of Exeter (LLB and LLM) and is a former lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester.
In April 2020 James was elected to the Committee of the Channel Islands branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.