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Jamie Holmes

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+44 (0)20 7306 0102jholmes@wilberforce.co.uk

Practice Overview

Jamie has a busy commercial chancery practice focussed around corporate and personal insolvency, trusts and probate, civil fraud (with extensive experience of freezing injunctions and other forms of interim relief) and commercial work (including international and London-based arbitrations). He appears frequently as sole counsel and as a junior in both the High Court and County Court, and in arbitrations, for instructing solicitors based across the country and internationally.

In late 2018 Jamie went on a secondment to Ogier’s offices in the Cayman Islands where he worked with Rachael Reynolds, Mark Kish and Ulrich Payne and their team on a number of international civil fraud, insolvency and contentious trusts matters.

Notable recent work in contentious matters includes:

  • Acting in on-going confidential c. €80m asset recovery proceedings offshore seeking a worldwide freezing injunction against an NYSE-listed public company.
  • Acting for the defendants in €65m civil fraud proceedings in KMG v Chen & CML in the Commercial Court alleging liability under foreign law concerning the enforcement of a US$200m NAI arbitration award; listed for a 3-week trial in July 2020 (with Jonathan Crow QC and Graeme Halkerston). This has involved a number of interlocutory hearings including most recently:
    – [2020] Bus. L.R. 133: concerning the rule against reflective loss and the conflicts of laws under Rome II and at common law.
    – [2019] EWHC 3634: on waiver of privilege and whether foreign law advice had been deployed.
  • Acting for the successful claimants at trial in Summer 2019 in confidential multi-million-US$ LME arbitration proceedings in London, concerning the supply of copper concentrate in China and SOGA, s51 (with Alan Gourgey QC and Bobby Friedman).
  • Acting for the successful claimants in an 8-day trial in Spring 2018 in confidential ICC international arbitration proceedings in Singapore, concerning claims for breach of contract in relation to a petrochemical plant in Southeast Asia; with an award of over US$40m (with Graeme Halkerston).
  • Acting as sole counsel at short notice against a silk for one of the respondents and a third party to an application for freezing orders within bankruptcy proceedings, seeking an order as to the status of the third party’s accounts.
  • Acting as sole counsel in a jurisdiction challenge within VIAC proceedings claiming over half a million pounds for damages said to arise out of a contract to supply engines for specialist military equipment.
  • Acting as sole counsel on behalf of a creditor presenting a bankruptcy petition for over £3.5m against an international businessman.
  • Acting as sole counsel in successfully resisting in part an interim injunction (and obtaining fortification) involving allegations of fraud and claims for damages and lost profits in excess of half a million pounds.
  • Acting for the defendant to £13m civil fraud proceedings in the Companies Court involving allegations of misfeasance, fraudulent and wrongful trading, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, unjust enrichment, unlawful preference payments and de facto/shadow directorship (with Marcia Shekerdermian QC).
  • Acting for the appellants in Devoy-Williams v Hugh Cartwright & Amin [2018] 5 Costs L.R. 1105, concerning the acceptance of Part 36 offer following allegedly dishonest non-compliance with an unless order (with John Wardell QC).
  • Acting for the trustees in a pensions regulatory action, including the judicial review proceedings Grace Bay II Holdings Sarl v The Pensions Regulator [2017] Pens L.R. 7 (with Monica Carss-Frisk QC, Fraser Campbell and Jonathan Hilliard QC).
  • Advising a funder on the merits of an appeal to the Privy Council of a decision of the Court of Appeal of Trinidad & Tobago (with Martin Hutchings QC).
  • Acting for a foreign government claimant in asset recovery proceedings in the Commercial Court, seeking orders for preservation of assets and evidence (with David Phillips QC and Nikki Singla QC).