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James Kinman

Call 2013


Since joining Chambers in October 2014, James has developed a busy practice across a broad range of chancery, commercial, leasehold, real estate, company and insolvency matters – often involving questions of private international law.  An experienced trial advocate, he regularly appears both led and unled in the County Court and High Court.

Recent work includes:

Chancery and Commercial Litigation

Commercial disputes

  • Junior Counsel for the successful Respondent (led by Thomas Grant QC) in Newson-Smith v Al Zawawi [2017] EWHC 1876 (QB), an application to bring committal proceedings based on answers given during Part 71 proceedings
  • Junior Counsel for the Defendant in National Infrastructure Development Co Ltd v Banco Santander SA [2016] EWHC 2990 (Comm) (first instance, led by Andrew Ayres QC) and [2017] EWCA Civ 27, [2017] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 361, [2017] CICL 3939 (on appeal, led by Jonathan Russen QC), the leading case on the test to be applied in applications for summary judgment on standby letters of credit
  • Junior Counsel for the successful Defendant (led by David Mumford QC) in Cephia HK Ltd v Character Group Plc [2016] EWHC 3133 (Comm), in a claim for specific performance of a share option granted by a leading toy distributor
  • Acting (with David Mumford QC) in an action brought for allegedly secret buyer fees charged by an online advertising intermediary
  • Acting (with Thomas Grant QC) in a dispute over whether denials of liability fraudulently induced a settlement agreement
  • Acting (with Amanda Tipples QC) in a dispute over whether an alleged sub-contract constituted a repudiatory breach of an asset management agreement
  • Sole counsel for the Defendant in a Polish law claim brought by a farmer after her contract was terminated for contamination of her onions by cement
  • Acting in actions for negligent investment advice (one in relation to modern art, another in relation to foreign exchange trading)
  • Advising (with Catherine Newman QC and Alec McCluskey) on a claim for front running

Shareholder disputes

  • Advising (with Benjamin John) in relation to the exclusion of director/shareholders from the management of a national publication
  • Assisting Catherine Newman QC in a petition for the winding up of a Cayman company on just and equitable grounds following a boardroom coup
  • Regularly advises upon unfair prejudice remedies

Joint Venture and Partnership disputes

  • Defending (led by David Mumford QC) LCIA proceedings brought by a partner who claims they have been wrongfully expelled from a leading professional services firm
  • Acting (with Thomas Grant QC) in proceedings relating to the collapse of an aviation industry joint venture
  • Defending (led by David Mumford QC) claims of deceit, conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt by an off-shore SPV said to arise from the termination of a London property partnership
  • Defending (led by David Mumford QC) actions arising from the collapse of an alleged family partnership

Employee disputes

  • Assisting Benjamin John in a claim for stigma damages within the context of a high profile accounting fraud investigation
  • Acting for a company claiming the restitution of Nectar points gained by an employee upon the company’s business expenditure

Personal property disputes

  • Advising on the ownership of solar panels shipped by a Spanish sub-contractor to an English solar farm by an insolvent Dutch contractor
  • Advising the Defendant in an action for a race-car given in a part-exchange which never completed

Leasehold and Real Estate

Challenging property dispositions

  • Acting (led by David Mumford QC) in a claim to reverse the transfer of central London property purportedly made by a Liechtenstein corporation
  • Acting (led by Thomas Munby) in a claim to recover the lease of a London property made by an industrial and provident society to its secretary

Landlord and tenant actions

  • Acting (led by Mark Wonnacott QC) in an arbitration over fuel costs in a heritage property
  • Acting in numerous actions for possession and disrepair relating to tenanted (and squatted) properties

Mortgage actions

  • Appearing in numerous actions relating to mortgaged properties


  • Appearing in and advising on a number of Companies Court actions, including applications for restoration to, or modification of, the companies register


  • Appearing in and advising on a number of insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, including applications for vesting orders, validation orders and block transfer orders as well as disputes relating to office-holders’ remuneration


  • Acting in several claims for Norwich Pharmacal / Bankers’ Trust orders
  • Assisting Laurie Scher in a successful freezing order application, on the basis of a claim for unjust enrichment
  • Assisting Benjamin John advise on an anti-suit injunction prohibiting actions in India 

Before coming to the Bar, James spent two years as an associate in Slaughter and May’s financing department.  In that role, he acted on a variety of transactions including secured bank lending, securitisations, derivative products and debt capital market issuances. During his training contract, he was seconded for six months to Mannheimer Swartling, a leading corporate law firm in Stockholm.

James studied History at Trinity College, Cambridge. He graduated with a double first, was elected a Senior Scholar and received the Maitland Prize for Constitutional History. He subsequently received distinctions on each of the Graduate Diploma in Law course and the Legal Practice Course.


Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR, The City of London Law Society