James Brady’s practice focuses on litigation, dispute resolution, investigations, and enforcement work.

James counsels clients on commercial disputes, banking disputes, and investigations by regulatory and other law enforcement authorities including the UK Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulation Authority, and the Serious Fraud Office.

James joined the firm in 2014, having previously worked at another major firm in London and Dubai from 2008 to 2014.

Notable Experience

Banking Litigation

  • Goldman Sachs in connection with the Waterfall II application commenced by the Joint Administrators of Lehman Brothers International.

  • Several clients in disputes relating to financial products, including derivatives and FX products.

  • A bank on litigation and regulatory investigations arising from an IT systems failure.

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Commercial Litigation

  • Former directors of a publicly listed company based in Kazakhstan in a major dispute arising out of claims that hundreds of millions of dollars were misappropriated, involving proceedings before the courts in England, the U.S., Switzerland, and Cyprus.

  • A Kazakh businessman in obtaining dismissal of a $300 million fraud claim brought in the English Commercial Court, and dismissal of a worldwide freezing order.

  • A shareholder in McLaren Technology Group in a dispute with another shareholder, including successfully resisting an application for an injunction.

  • A medical company on the successful resolution of warranty claims following an acquisition.

  • Victoria Plum, one of the UK’s leading online bathroom retailers, in a High Court claim against a competitor for trademark infringement caused by Google AdWords bidding.

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Investigations, Enforcement, and Compliance

  • A worldwide investment bank on global regulatory investigations into its FX trading activities.

  • A bank on an SFO investigation into a senior manager.

  • A bank on litigation and regulatory investigations arising from an IT systems failure.

  • A multinational oil and gas corporation on complex sanctions compliance issues.

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  • A mineral resources company on LCIA arbitration proceedings and related High Court proceedings concerning alleged bribery, corruption, and fraud against a joint venture partner.

  • A syndicate of international oil producers in an ICC arbitration and related High Court proceedings against an oil trader in respect of Peruvian assets.

  • A multinational client on potential UNCITRAL proceedings against a government agency.

  • Several arbitration-related applications before the English High Court.

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Selected Activities

Member, Financial Services Lawyers Association


The Revised Swedish Arbitration Act: Noteworthy Developments in the Lex Arbitri of a Leading Jurisdiction for International Arbitration,” (co-author with Richard Kreindler, Harry Nettlau, Milo Molfa and Aren Goldsmith) Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 12, 2019.

Potential End of Suspension of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act: Authorization of Claims Under U.S. Law for ‘Trafficking’ in Certain Cuban Properties,” (co-author with Ari D. Mackinnon, Paul Marquardt, Jean-Yves Garaud and Aren Goldsmith) Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, February 26, 2019.

FCA Issues First Penalties for Competition Infringements,” (co-author with Jonathan Kelly, Sunil Gadhia, Nicholas Levy, Paul Gilbert, David R. Little and Vassilena Karadakova) Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, February 26, 2019.

Gibbs Rule Tested: Implications for Creditors,” (co-author with Lisa Schweitzer, Jim Ho, and Hoori Kim ), IFLR, February 15, 2019.

U.S. Court Recognizes Croatian Proceeding Settlement Despite English Law Gibbs Rule,” (co-author with Lisa Schweitzer and Jim Ho), Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, November 6, 2018.

Securities and Related Investigations Know-How Guide,” (co-author of the UK chapter), Global Investigations Review, October 25, 2018.

Key Lessons From the FCA’s £16.4 Million Fine of Tesco Bank for Failings Around Cyber-Attack,” (co-author with Jonathan Kelly, Gareth Kristensen and Frances Carpenter), Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, October 8, 2018.

Investor Protections in England: the Non-Recognition of the Foreign Discharge of English Law-Governed Debt,” Emerging Markets Restructuring Journal, Issue No. 7, August 7, 2018.

UK Supreme Court Asserts Jurisdiction Because Conspiracy Was Hatched in England,” (co-author with Sunil Gadhia and Marina Zarubin), Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, April 30, 2018.

Securities and Related Investigations Know-How Guide,” (co-author of the U.K. chapter), Global Investigations Review, October 17, 2017.

Securities and Related Investigations Know-How Guide,” (co-author of the U.K. chapter), Global Investigations Review, February 4, 2016.

Financial crime compliance—joining up the dots,” (co-author with Sunil Gadhia), PLC Magazine, Thomson Reuters, July 23, 2015.