Based in Tokyo, James represents companies in complex commercial disputes. He advises clients across various industries, but has a particular interest in the manufacturing, automotive, TMT, pharmaceutical and consumer products sectors. James is also a leading member of the firm's Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Group.
James' practice centres on advising Japanese and international clients on high value disputes, including multi-party and multi-jurisdictional commercial contract disputes, class actions, product liability and product recalls. He also advises manufacturers on issues of regulatory compliance. James has particular expertise in international arbitration and has acted as counsel and advocate in arbitrations under various institutional rules (ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, JCAA, ZCC, TOMAC and before ad hoc tribunals) with seats across Asia and Europe. James also has extensive litigation experience in the English High Court and Appellate Courts.
James is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and is also a qualified solicitor advocate.
James' experience includes adising:
- a Japanese subsidiary of a major European pharmaceutical company engaged in ICC proceedings concerning the termination of a co-promotion agreement
- a major Japanese trading company in London ad-hoc arbitrations and parallel TOMAC arbitrations in relation to disputes arising out of a series of ship building contracts
- a listed mining company in the defence of a class action brought in the High Court in London on behalf of 2000 members of a Zambian community alleging environmental contamination
- a global consumer retail company in relation to claims arising out of a large scale product recall, and related issues of insurance coverage
- a global trucks manufacturer in relation to regulatory requirements for connected and autonomous vehicles