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James Partridge

Call 2018

jpartridge@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

Practice Overview

James specialises in all areas of commercial, employment, private international law and property damage litigation.  His cases often have an international focus and he has experience appearing both as sole counsel and as a junior in a range of high value cases.

Highlights of James’ recent and current work include:

  • Khalifa v SWIFT (Dubai) Ltd [2022] – acting as sole counsel for the claimant in the first ever whistleblowing claim brought in the DIFC Court.
  • Davies v Cadnay Private Fund Limited [2022] – acting as sole counsel in the Gibraltar Supreme Court on behalf of the defendant company in a high value loan dispute concerning arguments of estoppel and acquiescence.
  • Rowe & Ors v Angermann Goddard & Lloyd [2022] – acting (led by Timothy Killen) for a defendant quantity surveying company in a multi-million pound dispute concerning the proper valuation of land held by a family trust.
  • Al Jaber & Ors v Salfiti & Ors [2021] – acting (led by Zac Sammour and Olivier Kalfon) in a multi-million pound cross-border fraud claim concerning allegations of conspiracy and breaches of fiduciary duties.
  • Davies v Caddick & Anor [2022] – acting (led by Stuart Benzie) for the defendants in a high value High Court fraud claim brought against the directors of a Gibraltar wealth management fund concerning allegations of breach of directors’ duties.
  • O’Toole v Demarca Gaming Limited [2020] – acting as sole counsel for the defendant in a successful jurisdiction challenge to a contract claim against a Maltese casino.

Prior to joining Chambers, James gained extensive experience as a commercial litigation paralegal in the commercial disputes team of a leading London law firm, and as a paralegal on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Team at Lambeth Council.

Before practising law, James was a professional jazz saxophonist based in the US and member of the Grammy winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

James’ commercial practice covers a broad range of areas.  He has acted both as sole counsel and junior counsel in High Court proceedings concerning an array of issues including complex contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, jurisdiction and choice of law challenges, breaches of directors’ duties, freezing injunctions, Bankers Trust orders and fraud and conspiracy claims.

Highlights of his recent and current work include:

Davies v Caddick & Anor [2022] – acting (led by Stuart Benzie) in a high value cross-border claim for conspiracy, fraud and breach of directors’ duties against the directors of a Gibraltar wealth management fund.

Davies v Cadnay Private Fund Limited [2022] – acting as sole counsel in the Gibraltar Supreme Court in proceedings concerning the validity of an estoppel defence in a high value loan agreement dispute.

Rowe & Ors v Angermann Goddard & Lloyd [2022] – acting (led by Timothy Killen) in a multi-million pound professional negligence and breach of trust claim concerning the alleged sale of development land at an undervalue.

Isometrix Lighting and Design Ltd v Sillitoe & Ors [2022] – acting as sole counsel in a High Court claim brought by an electric lighting manufacturer against its former employees for breach of confidence and inducing breaches of contract.

Dhaliwal v Batchu [2022] – acting as sole counsel in a High Court claim concerning the enforceability of a personal guarantee and the validity of an alleged share transfer agreement.

Al Jaber & Ors v Salfiti & Ors [2021] – acting (led by Zac Sammour and Olivier Kalfon) in a multi-million pound cross-border fraud claim involving claims for breach of directors’ duties, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance, breach of trust and conspiracy by unlawful means.

Petersen v ESIC [2022] – acting (led by Timothy Killen) in a high value breach of contract and natural justice claim against an Esports body concerning an alleged tournament ban.

Riddel v Laffey [2022] – acting as sole counsel in a restitution and breach of trust claim against a waste processing company.

Advising on the jurisdictional basis for bringing a multi-million pound claim of unlawful conspiracy against a major international financial institution in the DIFC Court.

Advising on a multi-million pound claim by an insurer against its underwriting agent.

Advising on a high value dispute concerning the validity of a three-way loan agreement between company directors and the enforceability of a Quistclose trust.

Secured Express Ltd v SMOL Ltd [2021] – acting as sole counsel in a breach of contract and conversion claim concerning incorporation of terms and the enforceability of a contractual lien.

Acting (led by Timothy Killen) in a multi-million dollar DIFC Courts cross-border fraud claim concerning alleged breach of fiduciary duties, trust and contract.

Advising (led by Timothy Killen) the liquidators of a major food importer on the merits of a multi-million pound cross-border dispute arising out of alleged breaches of a shipping contract.

O’Toole v Demarca Gaming Limited [2020] – acting as sole counsel in a successful jurisdiction challenge to a breach of contract claim against a Maltese casino.

Liberty Partnership Ltd v Tancred [2020] – acting as sole counsel for the defendant in a longstanding dispute concerning alleged breaches of a share purchase agreement.

Paris House Restaurants Limited v Portridge Capital & Anor [2020] – acting (led by George Hilton) for the liquidators in claims concerning transactions at an undervalue, preference payments and breaches of directors’ duties.

Commercial Fraud

James’ growing commercial practice has coincided with his developing expertise in claims concerning allegations of fraud, inducing a breach of contract, unlawful means conspiracy and breach of confidence.

James has particular expertise in freezing and proprietary injunctions and other ancillary applications such as for Bankers Trust and Norwich Pharmacal orders.

Highlights of his recent and current work include:

Davies v Caddick & Anor [2022] – acting as sole counsel for the defendants in a freezing injunction application and subsequent claim concerning allegations of conspiracy and breach of directors’ duties concerning the management of a Gibraltar wealth management fund.

Isometrix Lighting and Design Ltd v Sillitoe & Ors [2022] – acting as sole counsel in a High Court claim brought by an electric lighting manufacturer against its former employees for breach of confidence and inducing breaches of contract.

Acting (led by Timothy Killen) in a multi-million dollar DIFC Courts cross-border conspiracy claim in which the claimant successfully obtained a freezing injunction and disclosure order.

Al Jaber & Ors v Salfiti & Ors [2021] – acting (led by Zac Sammour and Olivier Kalfon) in a complex fraud claim where the defendants successfully discharged a freezing injunction obtained ex parte without full and frank disclosure.

Khalifa v SWIFT (Dubai) Limited [2022] – acting as sole counsel in the first whistleblowing claim brought in the DIFC Court concerning allegations of fraud against a company in the international banking and finance sector.

Advising on a multi-million pound High Court dispute on the question of whether a solicitor’s undertaking in lieu of a freezing injunction could be varied.

Construction

James has a developing construction law practice, acting both as sole counsel in the County Court and, as a pupil, assisting senior counsel in arbitrations and in the High Court.

Highlights of his recent and current work include:

Acting as sole counsel in a high value construction claim concerning the defence of set off for defective work.

Acting as sole counsel in a construction claim concerning breaches of a JCT form contract.

Advising on the validity of a construction company’s block notification.

Drafting a defence in a delay claim arising out of a historic property conversion.

Assisting in a construction arbitration (LCIA Rules) concerning the encashment of bonds.

Assisting in an arbitration claim (LCIA Rules) concerning a power plant refurbishment.

Employment

James’ employment practice covers the full range of employment law matters including unfair dismissal claims, constructive dismissal claims, whistleblowing disputes and detriment claims arising out of the Coranavirus pandemic.

James has particular experience in claims concerning breaches of restrictive covenants and allegations of breach of confidence.

Highlights of his recent and current work include:

Goldhill v Al Jaber & Anor [2022] – acting as sole counsel in a high value whistleblowing claim listed for a twelve-day trial concerning allegations of fraud against the respondents’ former in-house legal team.

Isometrix Lighting and Design Ltd v Sillitoe & Ors [2022] – acting as sole counsel in a High Court claim brought by an electric lighting manufacturer against its former employees for breach of restrictive covenants, breach of confidence and inducing breaches of contract.

Khalifa v SWIFT (Dubai) Limited [2022] – acting as sole counsel in the first whistleblowing claim brought in the DIFC Court.

Ranson v Diocese of Chelmsford [2022] – acting as sole counsel for the respondent in a detriment claim arising out of Coronavirus pandemic policies.

Ward v Stringfellow Restaurants Ltd [2021] – acting as sole counsel for the claimant in an unfair dismissal claim in the context of an alleged redundancy procedure arising out of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Hebron v Stringfellow Restaurants Ltd [2021] – acting as sole counsel for the claimant in an unfair dismissal and sexual harassment claim.

Oakley v EE Ltd [2021] – acting as sole counsel for the claimant in her successful claims for constructive dismissal, unfair dismissal, disability discrimination and harassment against a major telephone network provider.

Instructed by the Government Legal Department to act in disability discrimination claim.

Prior to commencing pupillage, James acted (as a volunteer advocate) in a number of employment cases through the Free Representation Unit including claims for unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and discrimination.  In one case, he acted for a claimant who obtained over £100,000 in a disability discrimination claim against an NHS Trust.

Insolvency

James has a developing insolvency law practice.  His experience in a range of industry sectors (including construction, insurance and hospitality) makes him well suited to handle a wide variety of insolvency related matter.

Highlights of his recent and current work include:

Davies v Cadnay Private Fund Limited [2022] – acting as sole counsel in an application to set aside a winding up petition in the Gibraltar Supreme Court.

Advising (led by Timothy Killen) the liquidators of a major food importer on the merits of a multi-million pound cross-border dispute arising out of alleged breaches of a shipping contract. The issues included the enforceability of a liquidated damages clause.

Paris House Restaurants Limited v Portridge Capital & Anor [2020] – acting (led by George Hilton) in insolvency proceedings concerning transactions at undervalue, preference payments and breaches of directors’ duties.

Alan Murchison Restaurants Limited & Ors v Portridge Capital & Ors [2020] – acting (led by George Hilton) in insolvency proceedings concerning alleged breaches of directors’ duties.

Assisted senior counsel in successfully defending an application to restrain a winding up petition concerning the enforceability of a US judgment.

James also dealt with a range of insolvency matters, prior to pupillage, while a litigation paralegal at a leading London firm.  During that time and due to this experience, he contributed to an article published in the October 2018 edition of Corporate Disputes Magazine entitled “Creditors’ challenges to administrators and liquidators – an overview”.

Insurance & Reinsurance

James has experience in a wide variety of insurance matters including advising on coverage disputes, fraudulent claims, aggregation clauses, business interruption claims and subrogation disputes.

Highlights of his recent and current work include:

Advising on whether litigation costs incurred defending multiple concurrent claims fell within an exclusion clause of a professional indemnity insurance policy.

Advising on whether a managing director’s defence costs in criminal proceedings fell within the scope of her D&O policy.

Advising on the scope of coverage afforded by “at the premises” disease clauses for the purpose of business interruption claims arising out of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Advising on the enforceability of a fraudulent claims clause within a building contents insurance policy.

Advising on the merits of an insurance dispute concerning a subrogation waiver defence following a property fire at a multiple occupancy premises.

Advising on the scope and validity of a block notification within the construction industry and the nature of the aggregation clause in the policy.

Drafting a defence for a coverage dispute arising out of underpinning works following root subsidence damage.

Assisting senior counsel in a high-value insurance arbitration concerning the scope of a block notification.

As a pupil, James also advised on a scope of coverage claim in respect of an accident at a motor racing track; drafted pleadings in a scope of coverage claim in respect of subsidence damage to property; advised on a potential scope of coverage claim concerning a professional liability policy; and advised on a construction claim where the effect of a subrogation waiver clause was in issue.

Private International Law and Travel

James has a developing private international law and travel law practice.  Many of his cases involve jurisdictional and choice of law issues.

Highlights of his recent and current work include:

Advising on the merits of a stay application on the basis of lis pendens in a £1million High Court claim.

Advising on the enforceability of a judgment from a Saudi Arabian disputes committee.

Advising on the jurisdictional basis and applicable law for a multi-milllion pound whistleblowing claim brought in the DIFC Court.

Acting in a range of holiday compensation claims including choice of law and jurisdiction issues.

O’Toole v Demarca Gaming Limited [2020] – acting as sole counsel for the defendant in a successful jurisdiction challenge to a breach of contract claim against a Maltese casino.

Assisting senior counsel in an ongoing multi-million cross border conspiracy claim in the DIFC Court opposing multiple jurisdiction challenges brought by the claimants.

As a pupil, James also drafted an advice on jurisdiction and the applicable law on a potential claim concerning a serious injury sustained in Mexico, and assisted senior counsel in defending an application to set aside a winding up petition made on the basis that a US judgment was unenforceable.

Product Liability

James has gained experience in a range of product liability matters.  His previous experience includes advising on a potential claim against the manufacturer of an inflatable tennis dome; drafting pleadings in a vaginal mesh claim; drafting pleadings in a property damage claim arising out of a defective flue design; and advising on a potential claim concerning a combustible dehumidifier.

Professional Negligence

James has a developing professional negligence practice and is instructed in cases concerning a wide variety of industry sectors, including claims against construction professionals, insurance underwriters, financial advisors and chartered surveyors.

Highlights of his recent and current work include:

Rowe & Ors v Angermann Goddard & Lloyd [2022] – acting (led by Timothy Killen) for a defendant quantity surveying company in a multi-million pound dispute an allegedly negligent land valuation.

Fitzpatrick Referrals Ltd v Fernandes [2022] – acting as sole counsel in a professional negligence claim against a veterinary clinic.

Davies v Caddick & Anor [2022] – acting (led by Stuart Benzie) in a high value High Court claim against the operators of a Gibraltar hedge fund.

Al Jaber & Ors v Salfiti & Ors [2021] – acting (led by Zac Sammour and Olivier Kalfon) for the defendant former in-house solicitor accused of (among other matters) breaches of fiduciary duty and unlawful means conspiracy.

Davies v Tailor Made Designs Ltd [2021] – acting as sole counsel for the defendant in a negligence claim against a construction firm.

Property Damage

James has a developing property damage practice and has experience acting as sole counsel and drafting pleadings in a range of property damage disputes.

Highlights of his recent and current work include:

Acting as sole counsel for four claimants in a high value flooding claim against a farming company.

Acting as sole counsel for the claimant in claim for contribution and/or indemnity against a letting agency for property damage arising out of a sewage leak.

Advising in a multi-million pound flood damage dispute concerning the viability of contribution claims brought by the relevant water undertaker.

Acting as sole counsel for the defendant in a claim arising out of a damage to an electricity cable in the course of street works.

Acting as sole counsel for the claimant in a property damage claim arising out of construction works at a neighbouring property.

Advising on a potential claim arising out of latent defects at a sports facility.

Advising on a potential flood damage claim arising out of excavation works.

Advising on a potential claim arising out of damaged electricity cables.

As a pupil, James also assisted Neil Moody QC on a fire damage claim arising out of plumbing works; advised a university in a potential flood damage claim; drafted pleadings in a subsidence damage claim; and advised on a potential property damage claim arising out of a gas pipeline explosion.