James Maton: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

James Maton

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Asset Tracing & Recovery
  • Manufacturing
  • Corruption & the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Investigations & Corporate Integrity
  • Government and Public Sector
EducationNew College, Oxford University; BPP Law School
AdmittedTurks and Caicos Islands; England and Wales

James is a commercial litigator advising companies and Governments on complex contractual and commercial disputes, and on a wide range of breach of contract claims, including English High Court litigation and international arbitration. He has considerable experience of managing multi-jurisdictional disputes.

He advises Governments and their anti-corruption agencies seeking to trace, freeze and recover the corruptly acquired assets of dishonest public officials. That experience includes civil proceedings to recover the proceeds of corruption, enforcing foreign confiscation orders, advising on requests for mutual legal assistance in criminal proceedings and using insolvency remedies to recover assets. He speaks regularly about asset recovery at international anti-corruption conferences organised by international donors, and has provided significant pro-bono support to anti-corruption NGOs.

His experience includes advising the Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands in one of the largest civil recovery programmes in the world, involving an extensive number of cases seeking to recover land obtained by corruption, the termination of substantial development agreements, and claims for misappropriated funds and evaded stamp duty.

His anti-corruption practice includes advising companies on effective training and compliance programs, internal reviews and enquiries, and responding to external investigations. He has advised developing countries on the legislation and systems required to recover the proceeds of corruption.

James is included in the 2013 International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Asset Recovery .

He is recommended by the UK Legal 500, in which clients have described James as diligent and unflappable.

•Represented Tata Steel in ICC arbitration proceedings against an international consortium of steel slab producers arising from the termination of a long-term supply agreement. The proceedings led to the recovery of US$130m.

•Defended an ICC arbitration claim for US$250 million against an African state arising from the termination of a concession agreement to rehabilitate and operate an industrial complex.

•Acted for a FTSE100 company in a claim against the former managing director of a newly acquired subsidiary for the diversion of business opportunities and assets to a competing company he controlled.

•Advised on a number of disputes arising from the failure of high-value products and goods, including a 250 million claim arising from a pipeline failure allegedly caused by breaches of specification.

•Advised on claims arising from the failure of a structured investment vehicle exposed to the US sub-prime market.

•Acting on a judicial review challenge to the Inland Revenue's decision retrospectively to increase the rates payable on an industrial site.


Besides Edwards Wildman

James is a qualified PADI scuba diving instructor, and spends much of his spare time teaching people to dive or diving the shipwrecks of the South Coast of England.


Civil Recovery in the Turks & Caicos Islands

Since December 2009, a team of lawyers from our London office led by partner Laurence Harris have been advising the Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands on one of the largest civil recovery programmes in the world.

Representation of Nigeria in Asset Recovery

Our lawyers act for the Nigerian government in various civil proceedings to recover assets and the proceeds of bribes misappropriated by Nigeria's former Military Dictator General Sani Abacha, and his family and associates.

Representation of Government of Indonesia in Tracing and Recovering Assets

In 2012, a team of our lawyers acted for the Government of Indonesia in tracing and recovering assets held in Guernsey.

Suing bribing competitors: Jalal Bezee Mejel Al-Gaood v Innospec Ltd Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
December 3, 2014
An Investigator's Guide to Company Ownership Information in the United Kingdom Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
November 5, 2014
Taking the profits of dishonest assisters Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
July 30, 2014
The Case for an International Anti-Corruption Court Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
July 24, 2014
Who owns a bribe: the bribed public official or the defrauded state? Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
July 17, 2014
Farnborough International Airshow
July 14, 2014 - July 20, 2014 event
Civil recovery of profits earned from investments partly funded by criminal money: a Court of Appeal decision Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
April 9, 2014
Trace International publish Global Enforcement Report 2013 Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
April 1, 2014
Corruption in Europe: James Maton and Antonio Suarez-Martinez write piece for FCPA Blog Anti-Corruption & Asset Recovery
March 25, 2014
Edwards Wildman's Tony Suarez-Martinez and James Maton Analyze the European Commission's February 2014 Anti-Corruption Report in The FCPA Report
March 20, 2014

Edwards Wildman's James Maton Comments on the IBA Survey on Integrity Risks at Law Firms in IBA Magazine
January 8, 2014
Edwards Wildman's James Maton Writes Article on Piercing the Corporate Veil in Solicitors Journal
March 20, 2013
Edwards Wildman Trio Examines Corruption in UK Off-Shore Territories in The Commonwealth Lawyer
February 20, 2013
Edwards Wildman's James Maton Writes Article on Strategies for Implementing the U.K. Bribery Act in The FCPA Report
February 7, 2013
Edwards Wildman's James Maton Analyzes the New UK Bribery Act in The FCPA Report
November 15, 2012
EAPD Recognized for Excellence in 13 Categories in the UK Legal 500 Legal Directory
September 16, 2009
Incorporation of terms, implied terms, causation and severability clauses
March 2009
Assessing damages: does the level of damages fluctuate with time?
June 2007


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An Investigator's Guide to Company Ownership Information in the United Kingdom
James Maton, November 25, 2014
The Third Arab Forum on Asset Recovery (AFAR III) took place on the 1st to 3rd November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. It was hosted by the Government of Switzerland, in association with the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) of the World Bank and the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime. Our...

The Case for an International Anti-Corruption Court
James Maton, July 29, 2014
The lack of political will is undoubtedly the biggest obstacle to investigating and prosecuting corruption and to bringing proceedings to recover the proceeds of corruption. All other obstacles are secondary.

Limitation Periods for Claims against those Assisting with Corruption: A UK Supreme Court Decision
James Maton, February 27, 2014
The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has handed down an important judgment on the limitation period for two types of claim that can be deployed in civil proceedings against third parties that have wrongfully assisted with the transfer or concealment of corrupt assets. The case is Williams v...

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