James Morgan QC
Call: 1996 Silk: 2017
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Company & Partnership Profile

James has wide experience in the company law field and this dovetails with his insolvency and directors' disqualification work. He therefore has particular experience of misfeasance claims in and outside the insolvency context.

James also regularly advises in relation to shareholder disputes and has recent experience of large s.994 petitions, derivative claims and just and equitable winding up petitions.

James has been ranked in Chambers UK for Company law for many years. The 2018 edition notes that, "He's good on his feet and a pleasure to work with. He has a vast knowledge of the area of law we engage him in." "Very approachable and always contactable."

He has contributed a number of articles to journals including: The relevance of loss in preference type misfeasance claims (Corporate Rescue & Insolvency 2014, 7(3), 123-124); and Directors’ duties in the insolvency context (Insolvency Intelligence 2015 28(1), 1-5).


  • What-the-Directories-Say

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      • "He has a great intellect and never loses sight of the client's commercial objectives.", "Very approachable and good with clients.", "An excellent operator who instils confidence with his technical knowledge and user-friendly manner.", "Very good at insolvency - he's one of the go-tos. He's extremely intelligent and his knowledge of the law in that area is second to none. He is good with clients and highly approachable. He's happy to speak to the clients and find a commercial solution.", "He is very, very good; just very tidy and highly efficient." and"He's well organised, reassuring, knowledgeable and always brilliantly well prepared." - Chambers UK 2019
      • "He's extremely professional in the way he goes about his work. He's got a very appropriate and measured manner in court. Judges like his style, which isn't overly combative or bombastic. He's particularly strong in the company area." "Very good on the law, and clever." - Chambers UK 2018
      • "He's an extremely assured courtroom performer who readily gains complete client confidence." "James is superb - he is who you want in your corner in a dispute. He is meticulous in his preparation, well organised and always available." "He is very easy to work with, approachable and very thorough. He's technically very, very good and is able to look at and assimilate information quickly. He's able to think about the case from both a legal and commercial angle as well." - Chambers UK 2018
      • "He's good on his feet and a pleasure to work with. He has a vast knowledge of the area of law we engage him in." "Very approachable and always contactable." - Chambers UK 2018
      • "He thinks quickly on his feet and responds calmly and intelligently to any issues which arise." "He is technically the best barrister I have ever dealt with." "He is forceful and capable without being overdramatic." Chambers & Partners (2018)
      • “His legal advice is first-rate.” - Legal 500 2017
      • "His advice is always spot-on, he's always across the brief. He's very good with clients, dispensing the right advice in the right way." - Chambers UK 2017
      • "A very user-friendly barrister who is good at dealing with clients, meticulous in his preparation, and quick at responding. He is also a very good advocate who has given one of the best performances I've ever seen in court." "He is calm, bright and always on top of the detail." - Chambers UK 2017
      • "Comfortably the leading junior counsel in the region, James is intelligent, pragmatic and commercial. He also has a terrific bedside manner with both clients and judges." - Chambers UK 2017
      • "He is very clever and applies himself well to disputes." - Chambers UK 2017
      • “He demonstrates a very impressive intellect and thorough preparation; up there with the brightest counsel.” - Legal 500 2016
      • "He is tenacious, but understated - a quietly efficient and highly effective counsel." - Chambers UK 2016
      • "You could put any work with him and it would be safe. He provides everything you need for really big litigation." "He has great paperwork and drafting skills and is very calm with a good bedside manner." - Chambers UK 2016
      • “Fantastic attention to detail and agile on his feet.” - Legal 500 2014
      • "A silk in the making - he has the attributes to be a team leader and his depth of knowledge certainly matches any QC that I have dealt with." - Chambers UK 2014
      • “Garnered acclaim from all sides.” "A star with a fantastic career ahead of him". - Chambers UK 2013
      • "Highly intelligent, pragmatic and commercial”. "accessible, polished and meticulous" Chambers UK 2013

  • Recent-Experience

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      • Acting for an overseas client in relation to the just and equitable winding up of two English companies that were in deadlock
      • Acting in relation to a substantial s.994 petition in the High Court in London, which settled at mediation 
      • Recently acted for a local authority in relation to a shareholders’ dispute arising out of a joint venture company
      • Acting for a family business in relation to a joint venture dispute that settled at trial
      • Led in in two multi-million pound shareholder disputes that settled shortly before lengthy trials 2013.

  • Reported-Cases

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      • SSBIS v Weston & Williams [2014] EWHC 2933 (Ch). Decision of HHJ Cooke as to whether disqualification proceedings were an abuse of process. http://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/markup.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2014/2933
      • Re Clenaware Systems Ltd [2014] 1 BCLC 447 (CDDA 1986, s.17)
      • Cathie v SSBIS [2012] BCC 813 (CDDA, second appeal)
      • Mundy v Brown [2011] BPIR 1056 (misfeasance and Quistclose trusts)
      • Irwin v Lynch [2011] 1 WLR 1364 (CA) (amendments, limitation and misfeasance)
      • Gardiner v SSBERR [2009] BCC 742 (CDDA 1986, s.8A)
      • OR v Dhaliwall [2006] 1 BCLC 285 (directors’ disqualification)

  • Specialist-Areas

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  • Qualifications-and-Appointments

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      • MA Law (Cantab), Jesus College, Cambridge
      • Jesus College Foundation Scholar (1994)
      • Inner Temple Major Scholar (1995)
      • Bar Vocational Course – Outstanding (1996)
      • Attorney-General’s Panel of Provincial Advocates (appointed 2002; reappointed 2007 and 2012)
      • Recorder of the County Court (2010)

  • Professional-Associations

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      • Midland Chancery & Commercial Bar Association

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