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Described as “a formidable advocate, who is able to dominate a courtroom” (Legal 500, 2016), James has been instructed in high profile insolvency and restructuring work including Enron (Cayman Islands), Comet and the London Underground Public-Private Partnership.
His advisory work includes assisting companies in serious financial difficulties as well as in guiding their directors. James has a wealth of experience in administrations and is often instructed by insolvency office holders, a role that demands pragmatism – “James Bailey is exceptionally bright and anticipates every possible angle on a situation”. Highly persuasive in court, he “gave one of the best advocacy performances I have ever seen” (Chambers UK Bar).
James’s insolvency practice includes two particular specialisms – film finance and matrimonial insolvency. He was instructed in the 25 party Capitol Films litigation ( 2 B.C.L.C.359) and acted for the wife against her purportedly bankrupt husband in the “quite extraordinary” Young v Young divorce which received a great deal of media coverage ( 1 F.L.R.269).
James was instructed as an English law expert in proceedings before the Supreme Court of South Korea on a cross-border insolvency aspect pertaining to the “rehabilitation” (administration) of the Samsun Logix Corporation.