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James Bailey QC

Call: 1999    QC: 2019

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James is regularly involved in acting for both directors and shareholders in company disputes and is ranked by Chambers UK Bar and Chambers Global.

“His technical ability is excellent, and he is very good at complex and detailed cases involving lots of numbers” (Chambers UK Bar).

“He is really easy to deal with, thorough, responsive and very knowledgeable” (Chambers UK Bar).

He appeared in the seminal case of Re Fort Gilkicker [2013] Ch. 551; [2013] W.L.R. 164; [2013] 3 All.E.R. 546; [2013] B.C.C. 365 in which he successfully contended (against the position of Lord Millett writing extra-judicially) for the continued existence of multiple derivative actions in English company law after the coming into force of the Companies Act 2006.

James’s company work includes advising directors on their duties generally, and is often involved in “split board” cases where he has assisted private equity and hedge funds. He is highly intelligent, hard-working and insightful” (Chambers Global). He was instructed in the British Universities and Colleges Sport matter over the construction of certain articles of association, a dispute which picketing students brought into the public eye.

James is also regularly involved in minority shareholder cases where his strong mathematical background makes him a favourite in cases involving complex forensic accounting.