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James Collins QC

Called 1995 | Silk 2012

Essex Court Chambers
24 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3EG
Tel +44 (0)20 7813 8000
DX 320 Chancery Lane

James Collins QC

The “clever and commercial” James Collins QC is "a great advocate and a great tactician" (Chambers Global 2013). He handles a wide range of commercial disputes in the High Court, appellate courts and in arbitrations in the U.K. and abroad, appearing as lead counsel, sole counsel and co-counsel and sitting as an arbitrator. Particular areas of expertise include finance, investment and shareholder disputes; energy sector disputes; insurance and reinsurance; international trade; shipping and shipbuilding. James has acted for and against some of the largest companies in these fields, as well as for a number of prominent high net worth individuals.

James advises and acts at all stages of the dispute resolution process, including:

  • Strategy development: James has been described as a barrister who is “able to see through the complexities of law and evidence, and map a course to the objective” (Legal 500 2013).
  • Pre-action and interlocutory applications, including applications for worldwide freezing orders and ancillary relief (eg. JSC Ukrsibbank v. Polyakov [2013] EWHC 3877 (Comm)); anti-suit injunctions (eg. Vitol Bahrain v. Nasdec [2013] EWHC 3359 (Comm); OT Africa Line v. Magic Sportswear & Others, [2005] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 252 and [2005] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 170 (C.A.)); injunctions to protect confidential information or restrain conflicts (eg. Prince Jefri Bolkiah v. KPMG (a firm) [1999] 2 A.C. 222); jurisdiction challenges (eg. Vitol Bahrain v. Nasdec [2014] EWHC 984 (Comm)); applications to set aside default judgments (eg. Integral Petroleum SA v. SCU-Finanz AG [2014] EWHC 702 (Comm)); and evidence applications (eg. non-party disclosure, witness summonses and depositions).
  • Trials and final hearings in the UK and abroad (including Bermuda, New York, Paris and Singapore): James has been recognised as a “very high-quality advocate” (Chambers UK 2014).
  • Appellate and review hearings, including appeals from and challenges to arbitral awards; appeals from first instance decisions (eg. Mid Essex NHS Trust v. Compass [2013] EWCA Civ 200; Gulf Azov Shipping v. Chief Humphrey Idisi & Others [2004] EWCA Civ 292 (C.A.); Gordon v. Gordon & Others, [2002] EWCA Civ 1884); and appeals from the Court of Appeal (Prince Jefri Bolkiah v. KPMG (a firm) [1999] 2 A.C. 222).
  • Enforcement of judgments (eg. Haji-Ioannou v. Frangos [2010] 1 All ER (Comm) 303) and awards (eg. Colliers International v. Colliers Jordan Lee [2008] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 368).

James has been described as an “excellent all-rounder for a variety of commercial matters" (Chambers Global 2013).


Areas of expertise

  • Arbitration
  • Banking, finance, investment & shareholder disputes
  • Commercial litigation
  • Conflicts of interest & confidential information
  • Energy sector disputes
  • Insurance & reinsurance
  • International trade
  • Professional duties (solicitors)
  • Shipping, shipbuilding and ship sale & purchase

"He is very easy to work with." "He is an extremely impressive barrister with an extremely sharp mind, who has extensive knowledge of the Bermuda Form."
Commercial Dispute Resolution
The "clever and commercial" James Collins QC, an "excellent all-rounder for a variety of commercial matters." The market sees him as being both "a great advocate and a great tactician."
UK- dispute resolution: commercial
“Great analytical skills and cross-examination technique”
International Arbitration: Counsel

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