Wilberforce Chambers

James Ayliffe QC

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Strengths

James Ayliffe QC
An experienced practitioner who regularly takes on high-value professional negligence claims. Particularly active on cases arising in the property and legal sectors, he also handles claims relating to accountants, actuaries and financial advisers, among others.
"Very, very good to work with. Very clear, and he dealt well with my client."
Recent work: Acted for a tax barrister and his insurers in defence of claim by accountants for losses arising from failed tax avoidance schemes.

Strengths

James Ayliffe QC
Has a broad commercial chancery practice, and has handled many joint venture and real property cases. He is regarded as very thorough and measured in his approach, and is also recognised for his work on professional negligence, real estate and contentious trust matters.
"Someone who can be relied upon to anticipate what judges are going to say; he is extremely good in court. He's very good at reading judges and he really knows the legal background incredibly well." "His drafting is strong and he is also good strategically."
Recent work: Represented the defendant, a major US engineering company, in a multimillion-pound claim for breach of conditional contract for the sale and purchase of land for the construction of a new manufacturing facility in England.

Strengths

James Ayliffe QC
A very strong chancery commercial performer who is proficient in banking, civil fraud, partnership, real estate and trusts cases. He frequently acts for trustees and high net worth individuals. Truly international in his scope, Ayliffe has handled matters in many offshore jurisdictions, as well as in a host of countries such as South Africa and the USA. His recent work has included BVI joint venture disputes.
"He's very user-friendly, very knowledgeable and someone who provides clear advice."
Recent work: Appeared in Tawney Assets v East Pine Management, a dispute in the BVI. He acted for a Russian joint venture partner defending a claim to set aside a joint venture agreement for the sale of agricultural machinery in the former Soviet Union.

Strengths

James Ayliffe QC
Much praised for his approach to property cases and his effectiveness as a communicator. He is the editor of a leading landlord and tenant practitioner text and he regularly handles high-value property disputes including cases relating to real estate finance deals. He is able to act in cases spanning a range of jurisdictions.
"A fantastic mind; he brings together the financial and real estate worlds seamlessly." "He gives concise advice, which saves time and instils confidence."
Recent work: Represented a major US engineering company in defence of a multimillion-pound claim for alleged breach of a conditional contract for the sale and purchase of land for the construction of a new manufacturing facility in the North of England.