James Watson is a partner in the London office of the Firm’s Restructuring Practice Group. James has broad experience in domestic and cross-border restructuring and formal insolvency situations, advising the full spectrum of stakeholders including debtors, creditors (both banks and alternative capital providers, individually and as ad hoc or coordinating committees), sponsors and insolvency practitioners.

James also advises strategic investors on investments in special situations involving stressed and distressed businesses. In addition, he advises corporates and investors on commercial matters, including mitigating the risk and impact of counterparty insolvency.

James has completed client secondments with the restructuring team of a UK bank and at a leading credit fund.

James is recognised as a “Next Generation Partner” in The Legal 500 UK (2021).


Thought Leadership


“Restructuring & Insolvency Comparative Guide," Mondaq, Contributing Editor, June 2020 

“Distressed M&A: Roundtable,Financier Worldwide, December 2018

Scheming in Hong Kong: Court Hands Down Winsway and Kaisa Decisions,Global Restructuring Review, November 2016

“Forging the Connection: Foreign Companies & English Schemes of Arrangement,” Eurofenix, Autumn 2015


Insolvency Lawyers’ Association Annual Conference, “Hot Topics” Session: The Use of English Schemes of Arrangement by Foreign Companies, April 2014


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2007, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales


  • English
  • French


  • Oxford Institute of Legal PracticeLPCDistinction2004
  • Magdalen College, University of OxfordB.A.Hons.2003