Chambers UK Bar

James Couser

Call 2000

James’ practice is largely based in the areas of insolvency and company law, and he has wide experience in all of the various insolvency regimes both personal and corporate.

He has particular expertise of asset recovery following liquidation, and insolvency practitioners and solicitors acting for creditors regularly instruct him in these and related matters.

James has acted for a number of former directors in disqualification proceedings and claims brought by liquidators.

In addition to his insolvency practice James undertakes a wide range of commercial litigation, both at first instance in the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions and in the Commercial Court and the County Courts, and on appeal in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

  • What the directories say
    • James Couser of 13 Old Square Chambers continues to attract attention, and is recommended, as a creditor-focused insolvency practitioner.Chambers and Partners 2013 (Restructuring and Insolvency)
    • James Couser of 13 Old Square Chambers is a "no-nonsense and robust advocate who gives commercial advice." Instructing solicitors enthuse that "he strikes the right balance between knowledge of the law and its practical application."Chambers and Partners 2012 (Restructuring and Insolvency)
    • Others to receive backing this year include James Couser of 13 Old Square Chambers, who practises in all areas of insolvency and company law. He is a "resilient, no-fuss advocate who has excellent insolvency knowledge."Chambers and Partners 2011 (Restructuring and Insolvency)
  • Cases of interest

    Insolvency

    • Brooks v Armstrong [2015] BCC 661
    • Sands v Layne [2015] B.P.I.R. 134
    • Tailby v HSBC Bank plc [2015] BPIR 143
    • Kirkpatrick v Snoozebox Ltd [2014] BCC 477
    • Re Brand & Harding Ltd [2014] EWHC 247 (Ch)
    • Re McNally [2014] BPIR 604
    • Papanicola v Sandhu [2011] EWHC 1431 (QB)
    • Willetts v Alvey & Ors [2010] EWHC 155 (Ch)
    • Phillips & Anor v McGregor-Paterson [2010] 1 BCLC 72; [2010] BPIR 239
    • Miller v Bayliss [2009] BPIR 1438
    • Wilson v Specter [2007] 6 COSTS LR 862; [2007] BPIR 649

    Commercial

    • Legal Costmasters Ltd v Insurance & Legal Services UK Ltd, unrep. 30th April 2013
    • Hurst & Ors v Hone & Ors [2010] EWCA Civ 272
    • Rowles-Davies & Ors v Call 24-7 [2010] EWHC 1443 (Ch)
    • Rowles-Davies & Ors v Call 24-7 (Costs) [2010] 160 NLJ 1043; [2010] EWHC 1695 (Ch)
    • Kevythalli Design v ICE Associates [2010] EWCA CIV 379
    • Cabvision v Feetum & Ors (2009) 107(3) L.S.G. 20; [2009] EWHC 3400 (Ch)

    Insurance

    • Yechiel v Kerry London [2010] Lloyds Rep IR 295;[2010] EWHC 215 (COMM)

    Construction

    • Edwards v Hyslop [2009] EWHC 2970 QB

    Negligence

    • Siddorn v Patel [2007] EWHC 1248 QB

    Taxation

    • Chowdhury v Westminster City Council [2013] RVR 271
    • Monster Worldwide (T/A TMP Worldwide) v Westminster City Council [2009] R.V.R. 186
  • Qualifications & memberships
    • LLB
    • LLM
    • BCL
  • Professional memberships

    Chancery Bar Association

  • Education

    Hertfordshire, Edinburgh & Oxford Universities

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