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    Jamie is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Team.

    Jamie has over 19 years of experience in advising and representing a broad spectrum of clients both domestically and overseas including high net worth individuals, family offices, family and owner-managed businesses, retail and restaurant owners / operators, professional partnerships, insolvency practitioners and multinational corporations.

    Jamie advises on all types of commercial and contractual disputes with a particular expertise in professional negligence, corporate & commercial including company, shareholder and partnership disputes, risk management, insolvency, insurance, intellectual property, group action and group action trusts, property litigation, reputation management, employment and alternative dispute resolution.

    Adept at dealing with complicated multi-jurisdictional issues, Jamie is a highly personal and pro-active lawyer whose negotiation and mediation skills have resulted in an enviable track record of settling disputes at an early stage so as to avoid costly court actions for his clients.

    Clients describe Jamie as being a ‘well-rounded and commercially focused’ litigator who has great attention to detail and never loses track of the bigger picture.

    Jamie is listed in the Legal 500 as a Key Lawyer in Commercial Litigation.

    Jamie is a member of the Law Society Civil Litigation Section, R3, the Insolvency Lawyers Association (ILA), RAIIDAR International, and an international member of the American Bankruptcy Institute (IBA).


    ‘Jamie is one of those people who people should be proud to know: overwhelmingly driven, laser-focused and with an innate talent to guide people towards the best decision, while giving them the confidence they are fiercely protected.

    ‘Jamie is also a great connector of people, spotting right away which human and business connections make sense, and facilitating them in a natural and witty way.

    ‘Jamie represents a great company, Hamlins – which I have used on more than one occasion with excellent outcomes.’

    Ruxandra Radulescu, CEO at Within International

    Jamie is listed in the Legal 500 as a key lawyer under commercial litigation mid-market (Tier 5).

    Legal 500 2021

    ‘The team stands out for its very user-friendly client-interface, actively cultivating a strategic relationship; taking a deep and proactive interest in the challenges and opportunities facing the business, and generally projecting the role of a partner genuinely interested in client success.’

    Legal 500 2021 - Commercial Litigation - Testimonial

    ‘Great team, very user-friendly and committed; also realistic and commercial when needs be. The individuals within the commercial litigation team communicate well with each other and are particularly adept in dealings with QCs, seeking advice only when necessary and/or appropriate.’

    Legal 500 2021 - Commercial Litigation - Testimonial

    ‘The entire team has a fundamental understanding of the subject matter involved, briefs properly and responds efficiently and effectively when questions arise. The focus appears to be on providing a first-rate service to the clients and, from my perspective, the team achieve that.’

    Legal 500 2021 - Commercial Litigation - Testimonial

    ‘I have no hesitation in recommending Jamie, he is incredibly thorough and I can see why clients keep going back. He is sound in judgement and a fantastic tactician, it’s for these reasons Jamie was elevated to Head of Commercial Litigation at such a young age.

    ‘It’s been a joy working with Jamie these past 10 years, we have watched each other develop and I always call Jamie for commercial advice if and when the need arises.’

    Paul Martenstyn, Director of Clerking at 36 Stone and Chief Commercial Officer at Overture London

    Work Highlights

      • Advising long-standing family office client on all areas of the family’s commercial and real estate interests including the potential £38,000,000 reconstruction of their property company, jointly owned with another family, which is currently in dead-lock with parallel litigation currently in England, the United States and the Grand Cayman;
      • Assisting the global audit, tax and consulting services provider with the 11-week trading administration and subsequent sale of the assets of a high-end serviced office space provider to a leading competitor;
      • Assisting the directors and shareholders of a leading restaurant group on a dispute with their co-investors pursuant to a Joint Venture Agreement including advising on the appropriate steps to remove the director in question, and to protect themselves moving forward, culminating in the director’s eventual resignation;
      • Representing the 50% shareholder of a large Chinese restaurant group defending a s.994 petition and issuing a cross petition concerning issues of unfair prejudice, misfeasance and directors’ misconduct resulting in the successful sale of the client’s group shareholding for £1.5m;
      • Advising national insolvency practitioners on a variety of contentious matters including the administration of a leasehold developer in Liverpool regarding an application under para 71 Schedule B1 of the Insolvency Act 1986 to obtain court approval to proceed with investors’ proposal to acquire the leasehold and freehold interests in the development for £7.5m notwithstanding the secured creditor’s lack of consent;
      • Representing high profile insolvency practitioner on various contentious and non-contentious matters including the recent administration and sale of 3 IVA Debt Management Companies which were subject to intervention by the FCA;
      • Advising former recruitment company employees on claim for damages and injunctive relief brought by former employers in relation to accusations of theft of proprietary information and customers in order to obtain an unfair advantage / head start in the marketplace. The matter was further exacerbated by the fact that a former partner of one client was a hostile witness for employer;
      • Advising a corporate client in respect of a rare application to rescind winding up order against it as a result of poor advice from it’s insolvency practitioners which, following three hearings, various negotiations with HMRC and creditors, and an ex tempore judgment in the winding up Court, resulted in the winding up order being rescinded;
      • Advising individual on exit strategy from his business, an international music management agency, consisting of a number of group companies, including the formation and implementation of tactics to force other shareholder to the table, including potentially issuing s.994 and 996 proceedings;
      • Advising and representing owner of leading private pre-prep and nursery school in sale of her shares to an international consortium after successfully frustrating the systematic campaign by the school’s head teacher and parent backers to open new competing school and misappropriate the client’s business;
      • Representing the owner of a hotel group on her protracted partnership dispute following the death of her late partner pursuant to the Partnership Act 1890;
      • Representing the Resuscitation Council (UK) in high profile Judicial Review proceedings on the issues arising from the placing of “Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR)” notices on patients’ notes;
      • Advising and representing national and international religious orders in forensically investigating and defending historic abuse claims as well as establishing effective safeguarding barriers and mechanisms for the future;
      • Advising leading journalist (later his estate) in relation to historic abuse claims.

      Notable Cases

      • Tracey, R (on the application of) v Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 822;
      • o KXL (2) NXR (3) MXD v (1) Nicholas Murphy (2) Society Of Missionaries Of Africa (The White Fathers) [2016] EWHC 3102 (QB).
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