James Maton


No case is ever the same and I relish problem solving and strategy.

+44 (0) 20 7556 4547

James heads Cooley’s versatile UK disputes practice. He acts for companies and states on a wide range of commercial, contractual, product liability, and public international law disputes, whether resolved in Court proceedings or arbitration. His cases are often multi-jurisdictional and his work for companies is particularly focused on the technology and manufacturing sectors. He conducts and co-ordinates internal investigations, and is experienced at helping companies to manage and resolve the numerous legal and reputational challenges that unexpected crises can present.

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  • Advising Tata Steel UK on Various Contractual Claims 

  • Advising Nigeria in Various English Proceedings in Relation to General Sani Abacha and Against State Governors 

  • Defending an Arbitration Claim for $3.5 Billion Against an African State 


    Scuba diving

    Chair of Junior School Governors and director of an Academy Trust responsible for various schools

Described as "diligent", "intelligent" and "unflappable." – UK Legal 500

  • BPP Law School
    LPC, 1996

  • Oxford University, New College
    BA, 1994

Rankings & Accolades

    Legal 500 UK: Commercial Litigation and Public International Law

    Chambers UK: Public International Law

    Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery: Lawyers


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