James Wingfield specialises in litigation and international arbitration of commercial disputes, in particular those involving international contracts and trade, in addition to fraud and shareholder disputes.

James is expert in the resolution of cross-border disputes involving international contracts in sectors including international trade, energy, retail and leisure, technology, including crypto-assets, healthcare, and art.  He acts for UK-based clients, in addition to those in the US, Middle East, and Asia. 

James frequently acts in large-scale, international arbitrations, under the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) rules, in addition to bringing challenges to arbitral tribunals and awards before the English courts. 

James' international trade practice extends from extraction or production, through to transportation and shipping, storage, sale and payment. 

Meanwhile, his fraud practice includes advising on obtaining emergency freezing injunctions to prevent the transfer of assets. 

James also has expertise in financial services disputes, having acted in several leading cases against banks. 

He advises on art disputes concerning the misattribution and forgery of artworks. 

James is a higher courts advocate and has extensive experience of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation.

Recent work
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern hospital, defending a US$9m ICC arbitration claim brought by the former operator of the hospital.
  • Acting for a money services business, claiming damages against a bank for termination of the banking relationship without notice. The case raised issues under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
  • Acting for an Irish IT software producer, defending a claim by a UK university that the IT system provided was defective.
  • Advising a manufacturer of Bitcoin mining equipment on a claim against a customer to recover an overpayment of Bitcoin.
  • Acting for a London art dealer defending a claim alleging the misattribution of the work of an 18th-century French painter.
  • Advising an Asian national power purchaser, defending US$105m consolidated LCIA arbitration claims brought by nine independent power producers.
  • A US metals producer, defending a US$190m LCIA arbitration claim brought by a South African smelter and refiner, arising from a fall in the price of metal. 

Legal 500 2020 lists James Wingfield as a key lawyer in Civil Fraud.

Legal 500 2021 lists James Wingfield as a recommended lawyer in Commercial Litigation.

Did you know
James is a qualified yacht skipper.


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