James is a highly experienced civil dispute resolution lawyer of more than twenty years’ standing. He specialises in commercial and corporate disputes in the UK and internationally. James has extensive expertise in disputes relating to contracts, directors/shareholders, intellectual property, IT, franchising, and commercial agents.
James has acted for high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, international companies, directors, shareholders, private banks, private equity organisations, insurance companies, television production companies, and individuals from the world of sport.
James is a very dynamic and knowledgeable lawyer. He enhanced our own proactive legal team, and exhibited a thorough understanding and empathy for corporate interests in successfully resolving a multi-million-dollar claim. A lawyer to have in your arsenal.
Jorge Cuervo Vela
Corporate Office-Legal Manager, Cosentino Group
During my time working with James, he has always been extremely proficient at identifying the key issues, and immediately understood our industry sector and the complexities of our needs. He was highly responsive when interpreting our needs and subsequently delivered the results we wanted. James connected easily with me and my team and his calm approach under pressure was a bonus. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Managing Director, Prestige Nursing Ltd
As publishers and developers of video games who operate worldwide and work with a range of international clients and partners we have consulted James over the years on a range of legal issues. His sensible and balanced approach combined with his knowledge and experience of the law have often assisted in finding solutions to complex legal issues. On a personal level, he is a true professional, who has a sound understanding of the commercial world and has become a reliable friend, always available when needed. I have no hesitation in recommending James to anyone who needs a trustworthy and reliable lawyer.
Managing Director, Slitherine Group
James is a highly experienced, competent City solicitor with a modern approach to work models. As thorough as he is personable, he brings strategic skill to end game and cost across a range of national and international work. His successful track record and innovative style make him a solicitor trusted by clients to deliver.
Barrister, 3 Verulam Buildings
I have used the services of James on a number of occasions over many years to successfully resolve contract disputes and to defend our trade marks in overseas territories, particularly China and South Africa. His advice and guidance has been invaluable when identifying the best course of action to reach a successful and cost-effective result.
Highly experienced and hard-working, James is a very safe pair of hands for commercial disputes and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Barrister, 3 Verulam Buildings
James is an extremely experienced litigator, tenacious where the circumstances merit it but practical in his advice, understanding the commercial drivers that underpin any dispute.
UK and European Trade Mark Attorney, Gill Jennings & Every LLP
In addition, James has acted for clients in disputes in a number of jurisdictions around the world including: reinsurance claim (Italy), passing-off claim (US), patent ownership (US), purchase of a hotel (Turkey), installation of software (Poland, Belgium), commercial contract dispute (Austria), trade mark and copyright infringement (China, Singapore, Canada, Malta, South Africa), IT dispute (Belgium), banking dispute (Netherlands), contract for supply of heavy materials (Bulgaria), debt actions (France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Singapore, South Africa), key man insurance (Columbia), breach of supply agreement (Croatia), and breach of a procurement contract at a major hub airport in South Africa for a client with a worldwide logistics presence.
Please note: The experience list above may include examples of work completed prior to joining Keystone Law.
“He is extremely strategic and pragmatic – he has his eye on the end game and what the client is interested in.”
Chambers UK 2015
Recognised in the Legal 500 2012, 2013, and 2014 for his expertise in Dispute Resolution and Franchising
Named as a Leading Individual in Chambers 2014
Quoted and published on numerous occasions throughout his career.
Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
|2014||Keystone Law | Consultant Solicitor|
|2006-2014||Mundays LLP | Partner and Head of the IP and Franchising teams|
|2002-2006||Mundays LLP | Solicitor|
|1995-2002||Berrymans Lace Mawer | Solicitor|
|1995||Qualified as a Solicitor|
|1993-1995||Martin Cray & Co. Solicitors | Trainee Solicitor|