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James Egan

James Egan accepts instructions in all areas of contentious and non-contentious Chancery and Commercial practice with an emphasis on insolvency, private client and property matters. He appears regularly in his own right in the County Court and High Court within these practice areas. James has also given seminars across the country on private client and property work and has been praised as “very impressive”.

Prior to developing his commercial, chancery and insolvency practice, James enjoyed pupillage at top tier family law chambers, 1 Kings Bench Walk. In pupillage, he was exposed to numerous high-net-worth divorces which enhanced his familiarity with complex domestic and international corporate trust structures. He is keen to utilise this cross-jurisdictional experience by appearing as specialist chancery counsel in matrimonial proceedings.

James has also been instructed in a number of sensitive cases involving vulnerable parties with mental capacity issues. He is therefore familiar with the procedures set out in Part 21 of the Civil Procedure Rules and/or the Insolvency Rules 12.23-12.25.

James achieved a Double First-Class Honours in Law at Downing College, University of Cambridge, where he was awarded several scholarships for his performance in examinations.

Commercial Chancery

James has significant experience in all aspects of insolvency matters and has regularly appeared in the High Court and County Court across the country. James’ experience includes:

  • Applications to extend company administrations;
  • Applications to set aside a sham trust in existing bankruptcy proceedings;
  • Applications for validation orders;
  • Restoration of companies to the Register;
  • Contested and uncontested winding up petitions;
  • Injunctions to restrain advertisement of winding up petitions;
  • Making and opposing applications to set aside statutory demands;
  • Bankruptcy proceedings (including Income Payment Orders).

James also regularly accepts instructions in all aspects of company law. In particular, James has assisted Lesley Anderson Q.C. in a complex High Court derivative claim concerning breach of fiduciary duty, the Duomatic principle, limitation issues under sections 21 and 32 of the Limitation Act 1980, and relief under section 1157 of the Companies Act 2006.

James frequently acts on behalf of banks, credit providers and customers in consumer disputes including claims involving alleged misrepresentation, the Consumer Credit Act 1974, and the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

James has experience in business rates disputes and challenges to liability orders.



  • MA, Downing College, University of Cambridge (2018)
  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), BPP University (2015)
  • BA Law (Double First Class), Downing College, University of Cambridge (2014)

Associations & Memberships

  • Northern Circuit
  • Contentious Trusts Association (‘ConTrA’)

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James has been awarded several academic prizes for academic performance including:

  • Hubert Greenland Pupillage Award, 2015 – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Buchanan Prize, 2015 – Lincoln’s Inn –  for an ‘Outstanding’ grade on the BPTC
  • Graduating Scholar, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Senior Harris Scholarship, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Platt Prize for Especial Distinction in University & College Examinations, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Clifford Chance CJ Hampson Prize 20 June 2014
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, 2014 – Lincoln’s Inn – for academic achievement
  • Excellence Award, 2014 – BPP Law School – for First Class results in Undergraduate Examinations
  • James William Squire Scholarship, 2013 – Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, 2013 – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Harris Scholarship, 2013 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Seton-Cavendish Award – Downing College, University of Cambridge

James Egan is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is regulated by the Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 66449] and governed by the Conduct Rules of the Bar of England and Wales. He is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/078] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 256487860.

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