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James Ayliffe QC

Call: 1987    QC: 2008

+44 (0)20 7306

Practice Overview

James is an experienced QC providing advice and advocacy services across a wide range of commercial fields, including banking, company, insolvency, financial services, civil fraud, professional negligence, real estate and contentious trust matters.

A frequently recurring theme in his practice is disputes connected in one way or another with real property assets – e.g. disputes regarding or arising out of the ownership, control, management, development, exploitation or financing of such assets or associated opportunities.

His work often has an international flavour, involving jurisdictions as diverse as BVI, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Cyprus, South Africa, Netherlands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, New York and Ukraine.

In addition to providing advice and advocacy services, he also acts as an arbitrator, mediator and expert.

He has been ranked in the legal directories for many years in the following fields:

  • Commercial (Chancery)
  • Banking & Finance
  • International & Offshore
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate Litigation.

The latest directories describe him as (Chambers & Partners 2016) “the epitome of the modern QC”, “an excellent legal brain” who is “good in a team” and (The Legal 500, 2016) “a real team player” who “works alongside everyone to achieve the right result” and “always adopts a practical commercial approach”.

Comments in past directories include: “superb at anything”, “excellent”, “a fine barrister with a charming manner”, “very good with clients”, “a first rate intellect with a user-friendly manner that engenders confidence”, “has the ability to digest information and advise coherently on the most complex of legal arguments”, “an excellent communicator who provides supremely intelligent advice”,very confident in implementing the advice he gives”, “a real specialist”, “his advocacy is fantastic and he is able to sway the judge’s mind”, “a great guy to work with”, “fantastic“, “dynamic“, “level-headed and focused“, “easy to deal with“, “always on top of his cases“, “a splendid understated style“, “held in high regard“, “widely respected“, “meriting the most notable compliments“, “a team player“, “intellectually tough“, “will stand up to anyone“, and “a star of the commercial Bar“.