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James Bailey

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Practice Overview

James Bailey has developed a successful practice focused on commercial chancery, civil fraud, insolvency and company matters. Regarded as “approachable, very thorough and conscientious” James is said to have “an exceptional eye for detail” (Legal 500).

James’s experience relates to all levels of court in England. His work also has a significant international dimension including cases relating to the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, the U.S., Switzerland, Italy, Hong Kong and Japan. James has been instructed as an expert on matters of English law in courts abroad.

James is noted for his advocacy. “Strategically strong and pragmatic“, “the impressive James Bailey” (Legal 500) is a powerful advocate and praised for his “really attractive style in court” (Chambers UK Bar).

Providing an exceptional level of client care and responsiveness, he is “incredibly good in difficult conferences” and “really easy to deal with.” James “provides direct and practical advice” (Legal 500). “He is the whole package. He’s great when interacting with clients, has incredible attention to detail, is a capable drafter and is spot-on in court.” (Chambers UK Bar).

James has acted for the Cayman Islands’ liquidators of Enron and more recently has appeared in the long running and controversial Thevarajah litigation which, after two separate appeals before the Court of Appeal ([2014] C.P.Rep19; [2015] EWCA Civ 41; The Times, 26th March 2015), went on to be heard by the Supreme Court [2015] UKSC 78, being the first “Jackson” appeal post Mitchell.

 

Offshore

James’s practice has a significant international dimension including cases relating to the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, the U.S., Switzerland, Italy, Hong Kong and Japan.

James is called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands and acted in high profile insolvency and restructuring work for the Cayman Islands’ liquidators of Enron. Subsequently he was involved in a long running trusts dispute in the Bahamas and more recently he acted as an expert witness in a cross-border insolvency dispute before the Supreme Court of South Korea