James Fidler practices commercial litigation with a particular focus on civil fraud, asset tracing, and injunctive relief. He frequently acts for both corporations and high net worth individuals in multijurisdictional disputes including English High Court proceedings, offshore proceedings, and arbitrations conducted under London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) rules.
His recent experience includes advising: a listed company in relation to a very significant fraud involving approximately 30 jurisdictions; Arcadia Petroleum on their US$300m claim against former directors for various dishonesty-based claims; the Bin Mahfouz family on its US$50m asset tracing investigation against Muhaned El-Rashid, in which worldwide freezing orders, search orders, and asset disclosure orders were obtained; an Emirati bank in an action brought in aid of foreign proceedings in which worldwide freezing orders were obtained in the United Kingdom and against Chabra defendants in the British Virgin Islands (BVI); a prominent Saudi businessman in relation to fraud proceedings and a freezing order brought against him in the United Kingdom; a multijurisdictional dispute in relation to a joint venture for the redevelopment of a Caribbean island; BVI liquidators of a large limited partnership in relation to its dissolution and corollary litigation; and various defamation and intellectual property claims.
- BPP Law School, London (Legal Practice Course with distinction 2014; Graduate Diploma in Law with commendation 2013); University of Oxford (M.St. in Religious Studies 2012); University of Edinburgh (M.A. in Divinity with first class honours 2010)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
The Legal 500 (2019 and 2020) — civil fraud; regulatory investigations & corporate crime