James Mather


Year of Call: 2006

"He is absolutely phenomenally intelligent and very impressive. He gets on top of the case quickly and sees angles that others do not see. He is also brilliant in court."

Fearless and stands up to the judge.” “He is very impressive, bright and on top of everything.

Extremely personable and easy to work with.” “Clever, thoughtful and incisive, his reputation continues to grow.

 

 

Chambers and Partners

Practice Overview

"An exceptionally bright rising star of the Chancery Bar”, James focuses on large-scale and complex commercial disputes with an emphasis on the areas of civil fraud and asset recovery; insolvency; company and partnership disputes; and domestic and offshore trusts matters.  He also has particular knowledge and experience of interim injunctions and issues arising from international litigation including cross-border insolvency.  He is consistently recognised in the legal directories as a leading junior, where he is described as “absolutely phenomenally intelligent” and “brilliant in court”, and won Insolvency Junior of the Year at the Legal 500 Bar Awards.   

Notable matters include acting in two sets of proceedings arising out of the corrupt sale of Formula One, both of which featured in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of the year; acting for a Middle Eastern bank in claims brought by the State of Qatar alleging a conspiracy to manipulate its currency; leading Court of Appeal authorities on, respectively, the law of privilege in personal insolvency and the threshold test for obtaining security for costs; a Privy Council decision on a novel point of BVI company law; and a Commercial Court decision on the scope of the court’s power to grant urgent injunctive relief in support of arbitration proceedings.  He is a highly experienced advocate equally at home in trials and complex interim applications, both in the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court, and is noted for his forthright advocacy often against more senior opponents.  He was formerly a member of the Serious Fraud Office’s panel of counsel for recovery of the proceeds of crime and standing junior counsel to the Department of Business in directors’ disqualification proceedings.  

James is also “a superb, trusted counsel in partnership matters” and funds and joint venture disputes.  His experience extends to issues concerning private equity and hedge funds, shareholders of English and offshore companies, and members of LLPs and limited and traditional partnerships, in sectors encompassing financial services, property development and the full spectrum of professional services.

James is described in the directories as “an awesome forensic attacker with excellent knowledge of the law and an ability to absorb very complex matters quickly and take on the most sophisticated players in the sector”.  In addition to being praised for his “razor sharp mind” and legal skills that are “extremely strong across the board”, he is described as “responsive, incisive and user-friendly” and “a good team player” who is “incredibly easy to talk to and very accessible.”

News & Events

  • News

    Chambers Global Guide 2022

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked as a set in the following practice areas... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    34th ICC FraudNet Conference: Sanctions, Fraud and Asset Recovery in a Turbulent World

    Location: Limassol, Cyprus Read More

    Events

    ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes: Shareholder Disputes and Class Actions

    Location: The Royal Horseguards Hotel, London Read More

  • “Offers intellectual firepower and quick, very elegant thinking. He can be ruthless when he needs to be.”

    Chambers and Partners
  • A considered yet also instinctive counsel whose advocacy is incredibly powerful, persuasive and most effective.”

    Chambers and Partners

Education & Qualifications

Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge - MA in History (Double First)
Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (John F Kennedy Scholar)
City University, London - Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
Inns of Court School of Law - Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)

Appointments

Serious Fraud Office Proceeds of Crime (B Panel) (2017)
Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel) (2011-16)
Junior Counsel to the Department of Business for Directors’ Disqualification hearings (2010-11)
Counsulting Editorial Board, LexisPSL Corporate
Contributing Editor, Butterworths Corporate Law Service

BSB Registration

James appears on the BSB register as James David Mather

VAT Number

921736723

Awards

The Legal 500

Junior of the Year

News & Events

  • News

    Chambers Global Guide 2022

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked as a set in the following practice areas... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2022 - “the quintessential modern commercial chancery set”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    34th ICC FraudNet Conference: Sanctions, Fraud and Asset Recovery in a Turbulent World

    Location: Limassol, Cyprus Read More

    Events

    ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes: Shareholder Disputes and Class Actions

    Location: The Royal Horseguards Hotel, London Read More