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James McKean  
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Practice Overview


James joined New Square Chambers in October 2018 upon completion of his pupillage.

 

During pupillage, he experienced a wide range of commercial-chancery work, including commercial litigation, civil fraud, company, insolvency, trusts and estates, and real property.

 

He now appears frequently in his own right in the High Court and County Court. He has also been instructed by a government department to review the legislative effect of Brexit.

 

Before coming to the Bar, James read history at Lincoln College, Oxford, coming fifth in his year and receiving the highest arts mark in his college. He then took a double-first in the accelerated senior status law degree at St John’s College, Cambridge, and received the two highest student scholarships awarded by Lincoln’s Inn. He has also worked in New Delhi and Shanghai.

 

  • Commercial Litigation
    • James’ recent instructions include:

      • Advising on res judicata issues in a 400,000 euro claim against a major bank;
      • Advising on a £150,000 contractual claim involving issues of money laundering, illegality and Quistclose trusts;
      • Advising on a contractual dispute between two London companies.

       

      During pupillage, James assisted in the following:

      • A major commercial trial involving a government agency;
      • An insurance claim involving a group of insolvent companies and raising novel points of law as to the authority of directors pending the dissolution of a company;
      • A contract and undue influence claim concerning business interests in the United Kingdom, Guernsey, and Malawi;
      • A construction and architectural dispute.

       

  • Insolvency
    • James’ recent instructions include:

      • Opposing a bankruptcy petition with petition debts totalling over one million pounds;
      • Bringing a bankruptcy petition on behalf of a major pharmaceutical company;
      • Drafting deeds pursuant to an IVA.

       

      During pupillage, James assisted in the following:

      • A cross-border insolvency claim involving respondents in several EU and non-EU jurisdictions;
      • Advice to the supervisor of an IVA on contingent debts;
      • A restitutionary claim arising out of bona vacantia property passing to the Crown.

       

  • Trusts and Estates
    • James’ recent instructions include:

      • A property dispute involving several Guernsey trusts and an offshore shell company;
      • Advising on a £150,000 claim involving Quistclose trust and money laundering issues.

       

      During pupillage, James assisted in the following:

      • An application for the removal of executors and subsequent costs appeal with Alexander Learmonth;
      • A committal for contempt of court following a will forgery with Alexander Learmonth;
      • An eight-party High Court probate dispute with Stephen Schaw Miller;
      • A claim to set aside a trust settlement for reason of undue influence;
      • Opinions on the construction and validity of wills.

       

  • Property
    • James’ recent instructions include:

      • A challenge to a receiver’s possession claim on the grounds of beneficial entitlement under a trust;
      • Bringing a £40,000 possession claim under a commercial lease;
      • A day trial for possession of a residential lease.

       

      During pupillage, James assisted in the following:

      • A Court of Appeal challenge to the Wireless Music Festival with George Laurence QC and Ross Crail;
      • A construction dispute raising issues of limitation and defective premises with David Warner;
      • An opinion on adverse possession and prescriptive rights;
      • A dilapidations claim against a former tenant of a commercial property.

       

  • Company
    • James’ recent instructions include:

      • Opposing an injunction against a £130,000 creditor’s petition in the High Court;
      • Advising on the powers of a supervisor under a CVA;
      • Advising a creditor on a winding-up petition against a limited partnership.

       

      During pupillage, James assisted in the following:

      • An insurance claim involving a group of insolvent companies and raising novel points of law as to the authority of directors pending the dissolution of a company;
      • Unfair prejudice and fraudulent misrepresentation claims against corporate directors;
      • Advice on the construction of shareholders’ agreements.

       

  • Civil Fraud
    • During pupillage, James assisted in the following:

      • A six-week High Court conspiracy trial with Nigel Hood;
      • A confiscation claim arising out of a £38 million fraud;
      • Asset-tracing in the wake of a £70 million Ponzi scheme;
      • A deceit claim against the suppliers of an international sporting venue.

       

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