Recognised by leading legal directories such as Legal 500 for being “always available, very creative, and with sound advice – the best recommendation we can possibly provide” (2022 Edition), and “a strategic thinker and a great lawyer if you have a high-profile case at stake” (2021 Edition), James is an accomplished Solicitor Advocate with a wealth of experience in advising clients from a range of sectors on complex and high value commercial disputes. He has extensive familiarity with proceedings brought both in the English High Court and under a variety of institutional arbitration rules. Most of his work has typically involved a cross border element, the CIS in particular. James acts for a diverse array of individuals, office-holders and corporates. After taking a First, he trained and qualified at Herbert Smith, which included a secondment to its Moscow office, before spending almost a decade in the London offices of US firms Debevoise and Dechert, prior to joining CANDEY in July 2017.