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James has a wide insolvency practice and appears regularly before ICC Judges. James also has a particular interest in receivership applications, being a contributing author to Kerr & Hunter on Receivers and Administrators.

Recent instructions include:

  • Acting (alongside Thomas Robinson) for the joint administrators of eight companies within the Carlauren Group of luxury hotels and care homes.
  • Acting (unled) for the applicant in an application to (i) set aside the decisions of joint supervisors of an IVA to allow various creditors of disputed multi-million pound debts to vote at a creditors meeting; and (ii) to revoke the approval of a proposed IVA.
  • Acting, led by Marcia Shekerdemian QC, in an application to set aside an administration order on grounds of improper purpose and COMI: Thomas v Frogmore Real Estate Partners GP1 Ltd [2017] EWHC 25 (Ch).
  • Acting (led by Lexa Hilliard QC) in a confidential application to restrain the presentation of a winding up petition in the context of a dispute between two high profile companies.
  • A (potentially) high-profile application for bankruptcy, in which James successfully applied on behalf of the respondent for the hearing to be heard in private and listed under anonymised names.