James Hilsdon

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Category: Commercial Litigation Insolvency and Restructuring


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James Hilsdon
Commercial Litigation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Insolvency and Restructuring


Specialist Experience

●     Breach of contract, negligence, professional negligence
●     IP Enforcement
●     Investor disputes – shareholders’ agreements, JVs, minority rights
●     Civil fraud and regulatory – asset recovery and interim remedies
●     Cross-border and offshore disputes – forum challenges, orders in aid
●     Contentious and cross-border insolvency
●     International enforcement of judgments and artbital awards

Admitted as

Bar of England & Wales 1993
Bar of Eastern Caribbean: British Virgin Islands and Anguilla Circuits 2003
Solicitor, England & Wales 2008


Bar Finals, Inns of Court School of Law 1993
Common Professional Examination (Dip.Law), City University 1992
MA, History, First Class Honours, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge 1990

Career History

Davies Arnold Cooper
Appleby Global
Harney Westwood & Riegels
Clifford Chance
Chancery Commercial Bar


James is a commercial lawyer of over 15 years’ experience, specialising in commercial litigation and contentious insolvency.   Whilst offshore James appeared in a number of high profile international matters, on occasion led by prominent English silks.  James returned to practice in the UK in 2007.

James takes a consistently commercial approach supported by strong academic ability and significant practical experience, and has assisted a range of sectors, including aviation, banking and financial services, engineering, oil & gas, IT, manufacturing and multimedia. His practice encompasses a broad range of issues including breaches of contract, negligence, professional negligence; investor disputes – shareholders’ agreements, JVs, minority rights; civil fraud and regulatory – asset recovery and interim remedies; cross-border and offshore disputes – forum challenges, orders in aid; contentious and cross-border insolvency;  and international enforcement of judgments and arbital awards.


– “Pitfalls for Investors in BVI Companies”, The Lawyer, Summer 2008;
– “Money Laundering”, Accountancy Magazine, April 2008;
– “BVI Shareholders’ Rights and Remedies”, Managing Partner, 2007;
– “Island Swapping”- Offshore Special Report, The Lawyer19th June 2006;


Linda Ingram, Charitable Trustee

Linda Ingram, Charitable Trustee

“James picked up and ran with a case that had been seemingly drifting for months, and made dramatic headway in a relatively short space of time. When people are paying for your time, then that is crucial I feel.”

Ed Hollingshead, Managing Director, Webboutiques Ltd

Ed Hollingshead, Managing Director, Webboutiques Ltd

“May I say how pleased I am with the outstanding levels of support and expertise you have provided!”