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James Ayliffe QC

Call: 1987    QC: 2008

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Practice Overview

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

Disputes and issues arising, directly or indirectly, from the ownership or exploitation of real property assets feature prominently in James’s work. James’s work also incorporates a significant international dimension with cases involving involved jurisdictions as diverse as BVI, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Cyprus, South Africa, Netherlands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, New York and Ukraine.

James is currently ranked in the legal directories (Chambers & Partners, Chambers Global and/ or Legal 500) in the following fields:

  • Commercial (Chancery)
  • Financial Services
  •  Real Estate Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  •  International & Offshore.

Recent editions of the directories describe him as “exceptionally intelligent”, with a “brilliant ability to analyse contractual situations”, providing “very balanced and measured advice”, “excellent” advocacy and written work, and “a very safe pair of hands” (Chambers & Partners 2018); “a very talented individual” with a “good client manner” (Legal 500, 2018); “the epitome of the modern QC” and “an excellent legal brainwho is “good in a team” (Chambers & Partners, 2017); “a real team player” who “works alongside everyone to achieve the right result” and “always adopts a practical commercial approach” (Legal 500, 2017).

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“, “intellectually tough“, “will stand up to anyone“, and “a star of the commercial Bar“.

James also acts as an arbitrator, mediator and expert.