James Pickering

Year of Call 1991

Shortlisted for the Chambers and Partners Company /Insolvency Junior of the Year Award 2018

General Profile

James specialises in all areas of commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on commercial disputes, insolvency, property and professional negligence.


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 highly regarded within the Chancery and Commercial Bar.


In 2018 James was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge assigned to the Chancery Division.


In 2016 James was appointed as a Deputy Chancery Master of the High Court.



The Directories


"Puts clients at ease, and his cross-examination is excellent. He knows his papers inside out, and he has a very good manner with the judges, putting his points in a very considered, balanced and authoritative way." "He displays an understanding of very complex cases."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)


"He is brilliant - he has good commercial judgement and is excellent on the detail." "The advice he gives is always very measured, clear and very client-friendly." "He is tactically astute and an excellent advocate."

(Chambers & Partners 2018)


‘Very client-friendly in his approach and easy to get on with.’

(Legal 500 2017)


‘Very charming, calm on his feet and well liked.’

(Legal 500 2017)

James Pickering is recognised as a Leading Junior in Commercial Litigation and Insolvency.

(Chambers & Partners 2017)


“He is utterly charming, and clients are generally enthralled by him. He’s a very patient cross-examiner who has a patient but very effective style which is true to his personality. Calm, measured and in control, he is always on top of his brief”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)


“He is a brilliant cross-examiner, offers excellent client service and delivers every single time.”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)


“He is personable, easy to work with and responsive”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

“very quick to grasp the detail of the brief and hone in on the key issues”

(Commercial Litigation, Legal 500 2016)


“He has an excellent courtroom manner and presence combined with a superb grip of the law”
(Insolvency, Legal 500 2016)


"He is excellent on his feet."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)


"He is very impressive on his feet in court."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)


“He has a keen eye for considering and summarising complicated issues”
(Legal 500 2015)

“Very responsive to clients’ needs; thorough and very calm”

(Legal 500 2015)


"A brilliant trial lawyer and very charming with it."

(Chambers UK 2015)


“A strategic thinker and a strong advocate, who always has the ear of the judge.”

(Legal 500 2014)


“He is a calm and collected voice, who eschews the aggressive approach preferred by many barristers.  He keeps both the client and the judge in touch with reality.

(Chambers UK 2014)


“He is excellent at inspiring confidence in the client, and he’s tactically astute.”

(Chambers UK 2014)


“Charming and thorough, he has a great eye for detail.”

(Chambers UK 2014)


“Very good on his feet, he is excellent at cross-examination.”

(Chambers UK 2014)


“charming and able”

(legal 500, 2013)


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)



Notable Cases


  • Re Elichaoff: Roberts v Woodall [2016] EWHC 538
  • Birch v Beccanor Ltd [2016] EWHC 265
  • Melodious Corporation [2015] EWHC 621
  • Chesterton Commercial (Oxon) Ltd v Oxfordshire CC [2015] EWHC 2020
  • Ashtonleigh Residential Care Home Ltd v Goldfarb [2014] EWHC 4100
  • Squibb Group Ltd v London Pleasure Gardens Ltd [2013] EWHC 3275 TCC
  • Grainmarket Assett Management LLP v PGF II SA [2013] EWHC 1879 (Ch)
  • Matchbet Ltd v Openbet Retail Ltd [2013] EWHC 3067 (Ch)
  • Pannone LLP & Ors v Haskew [2013] EWCA Civ 350
  • Langstone Leisure Ltd v Wacks Caller & Pannone LLP [2012] EWHC 170
  • Cherry Tree Investments Ltd v Landmain Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 33
  • Osteopathic Education & Research Ltd v NCS Management Ltd [2010] EWHC 1801 (QB)
  • Arla Foods UK Plc -v- Barnes [2008] EWHC 2851 (Ch)
  • EPIS Services Ltd v HM Revenue & Customs [2007] EWHC 3534 (Ch)
  • Finlan & Queenswood Ltd v EMW & Grant Thornton [2007] 4 All ER 143, [2007] EWHC 914 (Ch)
  • Khetani v Kanbi [2006] EWCA Civ 1621 (CA)
  • Green v Gaul [2006] EWCA Civ 1124 (CA)
  • Re Loftus Deceased [2005] 1 WLR 1890, [2005] 2 All ER 700, The Times, 28.3.05, [2005] EWHC 406
  • Virani -v- Manuel Revert  [2003] EWCA Civ 1651 (CA)
  • Re Smiths of Smithfields Ltd  [2003] EWHC 568 (Ch)
  • Midland Industries -v- Gonvarri Industrial [2003] EWHC 144 (Comm)
  • Mahme Trust Reg & Mahmoud Shaker Al Abood -v- Tayeb [2002] EWHC 1543 (Ch)
  • Nathan -v- Leonard [2003] 1 WLR 827 [2002], EWHC 1701 (Ch)
  • Chellaram -v- Chellaram [2002] 3 All ER 17, [2002] EWHC 632 (Ch)
  • Gandhi -v- Patel [2002] 1 FLR 603
  • Petersson -v- Pitt Place Ltd [2002] HLR 52, (2001), L&TR 21, (2001) 6 EG 160, [2001] EWCA Civ 86
  • Lowsley v Forbes [1999] 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

Professional Negligence

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


Speaks Arabic



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