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.

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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...

MEPS Votes to End the Anonymity of Owners of Companies, Foundations and Trusts
James Maton,Antonio Suarez-Martinez, February 27, 2014
On 20 February, the EU’s Economic Affairs and the Justice and Home Affairs committees voted to amend the proposed Fourth EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (“the AMLD”) to require the ultimate owners of companies, foundations and trusts be listed in public registers in EU...

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