James Gibbons has been in practice at the Bar since 1974.

His practice covers many aspects of chancery and commercial disputes, civil fraud and professional negligence. He has a particular interest in trade secrets and confidential information and related pre-emptive remedies, advising employers, employees, directors, partners, vendors and purchasers of businesses and in assisting clients before setting up competing businesses to avoid the risk and costs of litigation by adopting an open and straightforward strategy.

James is licensed for Direct Public Access work.


Cases of Interest

  • 2014 –Long running joint property venture dispute between two brothers, settled at trial in Chancery Division.
  • 2013- Multiple estate agencies partnership dispute settled following mediation
  • 2011- LCIA Arbitration – acting for company importing fresh vegetables from Africa, successfully obtaining award against Insurers under trade credit insurance.
  • Khatib v Ramco International [2011] EWCA Civ 605. Striking out – relief from sanctions and the court’s duty to consider Rule 3.9 factors.
  • 2010 Ticket Tout Ltd – Directors Disqualification
  •  MLT Services Limited (In Liquidation) – 2008– Successful defence in committal proceedings for director’s alleged contempt following freezing order- Sir Donald Rattee
  • Lexi Holdings Plc v Luqman CA [2007] EWCA Civ 888 – standard of proof required to demonstrate deliberate non–compliance with freezing orders
  •  Get Me Tickets Ltd  2006– Public Interest Petition before Mr Robert Englehart QC
  • Gold v Curtis [2005] WTLR 673 – (first reported case under Inheritance Act by adult child with no moral claim)
  • Primavera v Allied Dunbar Assurance Plc [2002] EWCA Civ 1327, [2003] PNLR 12 (causation – whether Claimant’s loss should be offset against increased value of pension)
  • Symphony v Hodgson [1994] QB 179 (criteria to be considered in deciding whether to exercise the discretion under section 51 Supreme Court Act 1981 to award costs against a non party)
  • Faccenda Chicken v Fowler [1987] Ch 117 (definition of Confidential Information/ Trade Secrets in Employment Contracts.)
  • Condon v Basi [1985] 1WLR 866 (first English decision deciding standard of care governing the conduct of players in competitive sports generally and, above all, in a competitive sport whose rules and general background contemplate that there will be physical contact between the players.

Professional membership

  • Gray’s Inn
  • Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Chancery Bar Association


  • Oratory School
  • College of Law & Inns of Court School of Law


  • “Breaking chains of causation” New Law Journal 2002.

Personal interests

Wales Rugby, Cricket, Cycling and Wine