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Commercial and Regulatory Judicial Review

James was the lead public law associate in Allen & Overy’s Corporate and Commercial Litigation Group between 2011 and 2007, where he worked on a number of judicial review and constitutional challenges in both the UK and Commonwealth jurisdictions. Cases and advisory work include:

  • R(Western Sahara Campaign Group) v HMRC and DEFRA [2015] EWHC 2898 (Admin). Acting for the national Moroccan agricultural trade association and the Government of Morocco in relation to an intervention in the challenge to the EU-Moroccan Agricultural Trade Agreement (currently before the CJEU)

  • R(Leyton Orient FC) v London Legacy Development Corporation [2013] UKHC 3653  (Admin). Advising the London Legacy Development in relation to procurement challenge brought by Leyton Orient Football Club to the Olympic Stadium procurement competition

  • (R) Total v DECC CO/279/2014.  Acting for Total in the EU Emission Trading Scheme judicial review

  • British Gas Trading Limited v OFGEM. Acting for Scottish Power in the electricity distribution price control challenge under the Electricity Act 1989 before the Competition and Markets Authority

  • O v SSHD 2016 [2016] UKSC 19: acting for BID in a Supreme Court intervention regarding the application of policy regarding detention of the mentally ill in immigration detention
  • Competition and Markets Authority Energy Market Investigation: advising in relation to the CMA’s 2016 Energy Market Report

  • R(PMI) v Association for Project Management [2016] EWCA Civ 21: acting for a UK trade association in relation to a judicial review of the Privy Council regarding a contentious application for a Royal Charter

  • R(May) v Chartered Institute for Management Accountants [2013] EWHC 1574. JR brought by member of CIMA’s Council against a professional conduct decision

  • Advising regarding classification of pharmaceutical productions under the UK Drug Tariff Classification scheme

  • Galen v Department of Health. Acting for Galen/Almac Group in a dispute with the NHS over a price control decision under the NHS Pharmaceutical Products Price Regulation Scheme

  • Advising a telecoms operator regarding the Bahamas Utilities Regulation regarding a mobile network services operator’s licence

  • British Caribbean Bank v A-G of Belize : challenge to expropriation of a $40m US dollar loan from a Caribbean banking group to the Belize telecoms utility provider, including a major constitutional appeal before the Caribbean Court of Justice

  • Belize Bank Limited v Central Bank of Belize: multiple judicial review challenges to financial regulatory decisions taken by financial regulator in Belize

  • Dillner v Sheffield City Council [2016] EWHC 945 (Admin) – environmental judicial review of the Sheffield Highways Streets Ahead PFI contract (acting for Amey Highways Limited)

  • Borealis Polyolefine GmbH v Bundemisiter fur Land-und Forstwirtschaft Case C-191/14 and C-192/14 (April 2016) – preliminary reference in the CJEU regarding the lawfulness of the European Commission’s Cross-Sectoral Correction Factor decision under the ETS DIrective.