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James A. Boyd

Senior Associate
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James is a senior associate in the complex commercial litigation and disputes group in the firm’s London office. He is also a solicitor advocate. 

James has a broad commercial disputes practice. He has extensive experience as lead associate within teams advising UK-based and international corporates and individuals on domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation, international arbitration and mediation. James has been lead associate on a number of big cases including the most high-profile FTSE boardroom battle in recent years: Stobart Group Ltd v Tinkler [2019] EWHC 258 (Comm).

In July 2018, James returned from an eleven-month client secondment as Litigation Manager at Formula 1® where he handled a broad spectrum of disputes and which gave him a deeper insight into the demands and challenges that commercial clients face.

Professional Background

James trained with the firm during which time he worked on a range of domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions with the firm’s competition and corporate practices and completed a six-month client secondment with the commercial disputes team at Transport for London (TfL).

Prior to attending law school, James worked for a global publicly listed investor services company and as a sales development manager for a national youth marketing business.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association (firm champion)
  • Commercial Litigators’ Forum (associates’ sub-committee member)
  • London Very Young Arbitration Practitioners
  • London Young Lawyers Group
  • Junior Lawyers Division of The Law Society of England & Wales
Pro bono and volunteering
  • Adviser at Battersea Legal Advice Centre and the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Sits on the K&L Gates London Pro Bono Committee
  • Performed more than 150 hours of pro bono service in 2015
  • K&L Gates London Mental Health Buddy
  • Academic Support Tutor at IntoUniversity (literacy scheme for primary school students)
  • Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar hosted by Pro Bono Connect, the Bar Pro Bono Unit and the Law Society, “Pro bono collaboration between barristers and solicitors”, panel chaired by Mr Justice Knowles, Outer Temple Chambers, London, 8 November 2016
  • Autumn Litigation Update 2015” - Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group, Annual Legal Update, One New Change, London, 12 November 2015

Additional Information

  • Sub-editor, Arbitration World (2016/17)
James' experience as part of a team, in most cases as lead associate, includes acting for:
  • Andrew Tinkler, former director of Stobart Group, in his defence of a multimillion-pound unlawful means conspiracy, £4.9m expenses and breach of fiduciary duty claim brought against him by the company: Stobart Group Ltd v Tinkler [2019] EWHC 258 (Comm)
  • The London Borough of Hounslow in a trespass claim against the owners of houseboats moored to their land and delaying a major redevelopment project, resulting in their departure from the site: London Borough of Hounslow v Devere & Ors [2018] EWHC 1447 (Ch)
  • A Dubai-based investment group in its fee dispute with a former corporate finance adviser, resulting in a favourable settlement
  • A global industrial group in its USD 3m dispute with a customer which involved defeating a motion in Texas federal court to dismiss and compel ICC arbitration
  • Working Title Films Limited in its Administrative Court application for judicial review of a planning decision: R (on the application of Working Title Films Limited) v Westminster City Council and another [2016] EWHC 1855 (Admin)
  • A high net worth individual in his defence of a £23m Queen’s Bench claim arising out of two New York law-governed commercial agreements, achieving a favourable settlement shortly before trial
  • The former director of an insolvent company in his defence of a Companies Court misfeasance claim brought by liquidators, withdrawn shortly before trial
  • The Central Bank of Ecuador, as Privy Council Agent, in a multimillion-dollar fraud appeal, winning a judgment for USD 580m and involving a very rare overturning of concurrent findings of honesty made by the courts below: Central Bank of Ecuador and others v Conticorp SA and others [2015] UKPC 11; [2015] All ER (D) 270 (Mar)
  • Global chemicals company Innospec Ltd in its successful defence of a Commercial Court USD 42m bribery follow-on claim, the first of its kind: Jalal Bezee Mejel Al-Gaood & Partner and another company v Innospec Ltd and others [2014] EWHC 3147 (Comm); [2014] All ER (D) 230 (Oct)
  • An institutional landlord in its defence of a Chancery Division claim for damages arising from an alleged misrepresentation, culminating in a favourable settlement shortly before trial
  • A community interest company in a County Court misrepresentation claim, resisting applications for summary judgment and security for costs and winning a pro bono costs order, leading to a favourable settlement shortly before trial
  • A bank in a Queen’s Bench professional negligence claim against property valuers, achieving a favourable settlement
  • A global industrial group in a professional negligence claim against solicitors, achieving a favourable settlement
  • A US security company in its defence of a Commercial Court claim by insurance underwriters, achieving a favourable settlement