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James Bailey

Call: 1999   

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Civil Fraud

“A go-to counsel for complex matters” (Legal 500), James is “regarded as a strong commercial litigator who enjoys the full support of the market”.

James’s “confidence boosting” (Chambers UK Bar) commercial work ranges from acting for public limited companies to small and medium sized businesses.

James is acting in the long running and controversial Thevarajah litigation concerning an alleged fraud against the purchase of certain special purpose vehicles. Twice listed for trial and now having been the subject of two Court of Appeal decisions on separate points ([2014] C.P.Rep19; [2015] EWCA Civ 41; The Times, 26th March 2015), the part of the case pertaining to the Jackson Reforms and the decision in Mitchell was determined by the Supreme Court in 2016.

James’s commercial work often involves asset preservation, in particular urgent injunctive relief, and asset tracing and recovery. “He is a barrister who can rescue the client from a tight corner” who “has a really attractive style in court and is clearly very brainy” (Chambers UK Bar). A keen advocate of pragmatism and teamwork in complex litigation, “he is enthusiastic, bright and increasingly impressive… a well-respected junior in both domestic and international courts” and “offers excellent, clear commercial advice” (Chambers UK Bar).