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James A. Boyd

Senior Associate
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James is a Senior Associate and Solicitor-Advocate in the Complex Commercial Litigation and Disputes practice in London.

James has experience of a wide range of commercial dispute resolution including domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation, international arbitration and mediation. His practice focuses on general commercial disputes in the English courts.

Professional Background

James trained with the firm and qualified in September 2012. During his training, James spent six months on secondment to Transport for London’s commercial disputes team and worked on a range of domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions with the firm’s Competition and Corporate practices. 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
  • Advisor at Battersea Legal Advice Centre and the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Member of the London office Pro Bono Committee
  • Performed more than 150 hours of pro bono service in 2015
  • 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
James frequently advises on a range of commercial and procedural matters. His experience includes advising on:
  • Interpretation and termination of commercial agreements
  • Service of and obtaining evidence for foreign proceedings in England
  • Mediation, Part 36 and settlement

His recent representative experience as part of a team includes acting for:
  • A global industrial group in its USD$3m dispute with a customer and defeating a motion to dismiss and compel arbitration in Texas federal court
  • A film production company in its Administrative Court application for judicial review of a planning decision
  • 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
  • A central bank, as Privy Council Agent, in a multi-million 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
  • A global chemicals company in its successful defence of a Commercial Court USD$42m bribery follow-on claim, the first of its kind
  • 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 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

Reported cases
  • R (on the application of Working Title Films Limited) v Westminster City Council and another [2016] EWHC 1855 (Admin)
  • Central Bank of Ecuador and others v Conticorp SA and others [2015] UKPC 11; [2015] All ER (D) 270 (Mar)
  • Jalal Bezee Mejel Al-Gaood & Partner and another company v Innospec Ltd and others [2014] EWHC 3147 (Comm); [2014] All ER (D) 230 (Oct)