James has extensive litigation experience, having handled civil, commercial and criminal cases in all legal fora in Malta. He also acquired experience in gaming and money laundering legislation during a stint working in-house at the only full-service provider in the Maltese gaming industry where he, then, acted as Corporate Counsel, Compliance Manager and MLRO. He formerly also headed the Litigation Department in another Law Firm of repute, before joining the Firm in 2014.
Today, James forms part of the Commercial Litigation Department, acting in matters relating to insurance law, traffic law, tort, debt collection, contract law, gaming law and financial services litigation, and furthermore leads the Firm’s criminal practice. James is also a registered Arbitrator with the Malta Arbitration Centre, forming part of the General Civil and Commercial, and Insurance and Traffic Collisions panels.
In 2012, James was co-counsel in a landmark civil judgment regarding phone-tapping by the Secret Service in criminal cases. He was also involved in the public inquiry and criminal proceedings involving the driver of former Minister Dr. Emmanuel Mallia in 2014. In 2017, James acted as co-counsel in the first ever whistle-blower proceedings in Malta.
James represented the casino sector at the first National Risk Assessment (NRA) organized by the MFSA and the World Bank in November 2013, and was involved in the drafting of Part II of the Implementing Procedures to the Prevention of Money Laundering and Funding of Terrorism Regulations intended for the Casino sector.
James graduated with a Doctor of Laws in 2003 and a Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law in 2009, from the University of Malta.
James is a member of the Chamber of Advocates.
Maltese, English and Italian