James specialises in all areas of commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on commercial disputes, insolvency, property and professional negligence.
Recent highlights include representing the administrator in the high profile A1 Grand Prix insolvency, a well-known football club in a multi-million pound banking claim, a shareholder in a company dispute over a leading celebrity chef owned London restaurant, a lender in a professional liability claim arising out of Channel 4’s Brookside housing estate, and a defendant in a Liechtenstein trust fraud trial. As well as the above, James has appeared in numerous well known and reported cases and is a highly regarded senior junior within the Chancery and Commercial Bar.
Clients see him as possessing "everything you want in a senior junior" noting that while "he seems quiet and unassuming, he proves to be an absolute genius at whatever he turns his hand to"
(Chambers UK 2013)
He is "absolutely unflappable and so talented"
(Chambers UK 2013)
James Pickering provides "excellent, commercially strategic" advice
(legal 500, 2012)
James Pickering is a popular choice for his "gentle but persuasive manner." His practice is a mixture of commercial, contractual and insolvency litigation, with many of his cases having a delinquency of directors or professional negligence element to them.
(Chambers & Partners 2012)
James Pickering is a "hands-on, practical and brilliant orator," and a "very effective cross-examiner."
(Legal 500 2011)
James Pickering is "cool, calm and collected" and "bright as a button" (Chambers & Partners 2011)
The "unruffled and responsible" James Pickering is "the calm in the eye of the storm" say commentators; "when things are urgent and chaotic, he can bring everything together and marshal a case very quickly."
(Chambers & Partners 2009)
Rising star James Pickering is lauded for being "urbane, methodical and very client-friendly."
(Chambers & Partners 2008)
Langstone Leisure Ltd v Wacks Caller & Pannone LLP  EWHC 170
Cherry Tree Investments Ltd v Landmain Ltd  EWCA Civ 33
Osteopathic Education & Research Ltd v NCS Management Ltd  EWHC 1801 (QB)
Arla Foods UK Plc -v- Barnes  EWHC 2851 (Ch)
EPIS Services Ltd v HM Revenue & Customs  EWHC 3534 (Ch)
Finlan & Queenswood Ltd v EMW & Grant Thornton  4 All ER 143,  EWHC 914 (Ch)
Khetani v Kanbi  EWCA Civ 1621 (CA)
Green v Gaul  EWCA Civ 1124 (CA)
Re Loftus Deceased  1 WLR 1890,  2 All ER 700, The Times, 28.3.05,  EWHC 406
Virani -v- Manuel Revert  EWCA Civ 1651 (CA)
Re Smiths of Smithfields Ltd  EWHC 568 (Ch)
Midland Industries -v- Gonvarri Industrial  EWHC 144 (Comm)
Mahme Trust Reg & Mahmoud Shaker Al Abood -v- Tayeb  EWHC 1543 (Ch)
Nathan -v- Leonard  1 WLR 827 , EWHC 1701 (Ch)
Chellaram -v- Chellaram  3 All ER 17,  EWHC 632 (Ch)
Gandhi -v- Patel  1 FLR 603
Petersson -v- Pitt Place Ltd  HLR 52, (2001), L&TR 21, (2001) 6 EG 160,  EWCA Civ 86
Lowsley v Forbes  AC 329 (HL)
Enterprise Chambers’ Annotated Guide to Insolvency Legislation (Sweet & Maxwell)
Landlord & Tenant Factbook (Butterworths)
Corporate Counsel (New York)
The Lawyer (London)
Estate Gazettes (London)
Areas of Emphasis
Insolvency and Company
Commercial and Chancery
Property including Landlord and Tenant
Career & Associations
University of Southampton
Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding)
Called to the Bar (Middle Temple) 1991
Joined Enterprise Chambers in 1992
Harmsworth Law Scholarship
JJ Powell Prize
Member of the Chancery Bar Association
Member of the Property Bar Association