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James Willan QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 6 departments

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Banking & Finance - London (Bar)

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James Willan QC
James Willan QC is an extremely capable and intelligent barrister with the ability to handle the most complex and intricate of issues. Besides banking disputes, he is accomplished in representing clients in civil fraud, offshore and arbitration proceedings. He acts primarily for banks and financial institutions, and consistently garners praise for the power of his analysis and his work ethic.
Strengths: "He has superb intellect and exemplary commitment to his cases. He impresses clients with his authoritative but practical approach. He is also a very strong advocate and cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted for Trafigura in Commercial Court proceedings to recover USD50 million due under financing arrangements with the Republic of South Sudan and guarantees issued by its Central Bank in respect of oil transactions.
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Chancery: Commercial - London (Bar)

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James Willan QC
Strengths: "A real star and one of the brightest at the Commercial Bar. He is absolutely superb."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays in Barclays Bank Plc v Saad Investment Company Ltd, a claim to recover USD100 million which the bank had advanced to Saad Investment Company Ltd pursuant to an accreting strike option and secured against a portfolio of funds.
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Fraud: Civil - London (Bar)

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James Willan QC
James Willan QC is a go-to barrister who has participated in a number of landmark fraud cases and is particularly knowledgeable about freezing orders. His cases concern incidents that have taken place both in the UK and in overseas jurisdictions.
Strengths: "He is everything you would want in a modern silk - he has perfect judgement, knows which points to fight and which to leave and is extremely well liked." "An absolute star who can be relied upon for the most difficult cases and the most difficult clients. He can think around corners."
Recent work: Successfully defended Shell and its subsidiaries against a USD3.5 billion claim brought in the Commercial Court by the Federal Republic of Nigeria relating to the allegedly corrupt award of an oil prospecting licence to Shell and Eni.
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International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance - London (Bar)

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James Willan QC
James Willan QC provides robust representation when handling international arbitrations governed by LCIA and SIAC rules. He is also well versed in oil rig disputes under SCMA and LMAA rules. He is also experienced in arbitration-related Commercial Court proceedings for interim relief including freezing orders.
Strengths: "His cross-examination was incisive and clear. His arguments and the way he deployed them were incredibly impressive." "He's incredibly hard-working and has a very fast turnaround on his work and an extraordinary intellect."
Recent work: Continued to act for Vale to oppose multiple challenges to an LCIA award in the client's favour for over USD1.5 billion arising out of a mining joint venture in Guinea.
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Offshore - London (Bar)

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James Willan QC
James Willan QC has been called to the Bar of the BVI, and is also admitted in the DIFC, the Isle of Man and the Cayman Islands. Willan is particularly adept at unfair prejudice claims. He has recently acted in asset recovery cases.
Strengths: "He's incredibly hard-working and has a very fast turnaround on his work and an extraordinary intellect."
Recent work: Continued to act for Barclays Bank against Saad Investment Company in connection with an accreting strike option, by which it advanced USD100 million to Saad against a portfolio of funds.
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)

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James Willan QC
Strengths: "He is very clever and very creative."
Recent work: Successfully defended Shell and its subsidiaries against a claim brought by the Federal Republic of Nigeria relating to the allegedly corrupt award of an oil prospecting licence to Shell and Eni.
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