James has a broad commercial and public law practice in the UK and the Caribbean. He has appeared in the High Court and County Court of England and Wales, the Supreme Court of Barbados and is shortly due to appear before the Privy Council. He is particularly experienced in the areas of blockchain, economic sanctions, corporate governance, and insolvency.
Before joining the English Bar, James worked at commercial litigation firms in Trinidad and Barbados. He was also a judicial assistant to Lady Justice Asplin in the English Court of Appeal.
His recent and ongoing cases include:
James has significant experience advising blockchain companies. His work has covered claims to recover cryptoassets, advising on a US$20m public sale, a token generation event, the first private and decentralised launch of a decentralised finance protocol, governance of a DAO (decentralised autonomous organisation), the issuance of privacy tokens by software developers, the enforceability of SAFTs (simple agreements for future tokens), regulatory requirements under the UK’s AML/CTF regime, and more.
James has a very broad Caribbean practice, having worked on disputes arising out of Barbados, Trinidad, Antigua, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Bermuda, Bahamas, and others. As a holder of the Legal Education Certificate and a Barbadian citizen, James is entitled to be admitted to the Bars of several Caribbean countries to practise law generally (i.e. not for a particular case only). This gives him a rare advantage in terms of appearing before certain Caribbean courts as junior counsel.
James can accept instructions directly from members of the public, companies and other entities through the public access scheme (also known as direct access). If you wish to instruct him on a direct basis, please speak to the clerks.
For more information on public access, please see the Bar Council website.