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James MacDonald QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 2 departments
Ranked in : Banking & FinanceCommercial Dispute Resolution
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James MacDonald QC
James MacDonald QC is an impressive new silk who is highly respected for his handling of complex banking and finance disputes. His practice in this area is diverse, spanning multi-jurisdictional cases and enforcement proceedings. MacDonald's superb reputation sees him regularly instructed in the most high-profile of matters, and he acts on both the claimant and defendant sides for national and international banking organisations. He is experienced acting on top-drawer cases involving silks of the highest order, and is further noted for his knowledge of Islamic finance cases.
Strengths: "He is a phenomenal barrister. He has a terrific legal mind, phenomenal work ethic and also incredible caseload of work. The quantity of material he can assimilate is extremely impressive." "An excellent barrister who is meticulous in his preparation and extremely client-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for investors in loan assets purchased on the secondary markets in relation to the 'Proindicus' loans made to the Republic of Mozambique and arranged by Credit Suisse.
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James MacDonald QC
Strengths: "Hard-working, nice and really bright. He is all over the documents."
Recent work: Acted for Banque Pictet, and related entities, in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with PIFSS. The claimant fund was suing 38 defendants located in multiple jurisdictions, alleging that they paid, or facilitated the payment of, commissions to the first defendant, who was PIFSS’s former director general.
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James is a leading commercial junior practising in all aspects of commercial law. Particularly well-known for his high-profile general commercial and banking and finance practice, James’s practice encompasses all major areas of commercial law, including fraud, technology, energy, professional negligence, injunctions, jurisdiction, enforcement and international arbitration (under ICC, ICSID and LCIA rules).

James is highly ranked in the leading directories for commercial law and for banking and finance and regularly appears in the largest and most valuable Commercial Court cases (current or recent cases include ENRC v Dechert; PIFSS v Pictet; Vestia v DB; Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton; DB v Sebastian, Vik).

Career

Inner Temple (called 2005)

Education: Oxon (BA Hons (double 1st)); King’s College London (MA); Law School (CPE; BPP distinction).

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