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James Wilson

Associate Solicitor

"...has a wealth of experience specialising in both civil and criminal litigation...with a particular emphasis in fraud and financial crime."


James is a Solicitor within the Dispute Resolution Team at Blackfords LLP; he qualified in 2013, having first undertaken his undergraduate degree at King’s College London and thereafter the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School.

Prior to joining Blackfords LLP, James trained at City law firm before working as an in-house lawyer in a dedicated legal team providing business affairs support to the company’s film, television, digital production and distribution teams.

James now works as part of a team known for its criminal defence expertise and experience in defending company directors, officers and private individuals against allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering and fraud, brought by prosecuting bodies, including the SFO, NCA and HMRC.

James has a wealth of experience specialising in both civil and criminal litigation, commercial and intellectual property law; advising companies and private individuals in large and complex cases, with a particular emphasis in fraud and financial crime.

James’ practice sees him work with high net worth individuals, celebrities and corporate clients on a broad spectrum of contentious matters, including County Court and High Court claims. He also has experience in attending employment tribunals, ADR meetings, County Court and High Court hearings, and he regularly assists in the preparation of cases to trial.

  • Notable Cases
    • JSC BTA Bank v Solodchenko & Ors [2011] EWHC 2163– Advised respondents in multi-billion dollar JSC BTA Bank fraud litigation, encompassing actions brought by JSC BTA Bank and its appointed receivers against its former chairman and associates for the misappropriation of bank assets.
    • London Christian Radio & Anor, R (on the application of) v Radio Advertising Clearance Centre & Anor [2012] EWHC 1043 (Admin)– Assisted broadcasting regulator in judicial review proceedings which sought to overturn a decision by the Regulator not to clear an advert for broadcast because it was deemed to be politically motivated.
    • Daniel Stewart & Company Plc v Environmental Waste Controls Plc [2013] EWHC 1763 (QB)– Acted for an investment bank in proceedings against a waste management company for commission owed for services in respect of the flotation on the Alternative Investment Market of the defendant company.
  • Memberships & associations
    • Black Solicitors Network
    • Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division, Law Society
    • Junior Lawyers Division, Law Society
    • Young Fraud Lawyers Association

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