James Maton


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

James heads Cooley’s versatile UK disputes practice. He acts for companies in a wide range of commercial, contractual, privacy, and product liability disputes, whether resolved in Court proceedings or arbitration. His cases are often multi-jurisdictional and his work 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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  • Justin Bieber to Sell Music Rights to Hipgnosis Songs for $200 Million 

  • Alvotech Agrees to Merge With SPAC Oaktree Acquisition Corp. II 

  • Technology and Construction Court Proceedings 

  • Substantial Criminal Investigation for Manufacturer 

  • UNCITRAL Arbitration Brought Under NAFTA Chapter 11  


    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 University Law School
    LPC, 1996

  • Oxford University, New College
    BA, 1994

Rankings & Accolades

    The Legal 500 UK: Leading Individual - Public International Law (2022)

    The Legal 500 UK: Commercial Litigation - Premium (2022)

    The Legal 500 UK: Crime, fraud and licensing (2022)

    The Legal 500 UK: Dispute resolution (2022) 

    Chambers UK: Public International Law

    Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery: Lawyers