James Colvin

James Colvin


DMH Stallard (Crawley)

Griffin House

135 High Street


RH10 1DQ

James is an experienced commercial litigation Partner. He has a wide-ranging practice covering commercial, corporate, contract and negligence disputes, as well as banking litigation. James advises in all areas of dispute resolution including High Court litigation, arbitration and ADR, with a particular focus on mediation. James aims to use the most appropriate forum to achieve the best commercial outcome for his clients.

James’ practice focuses predominantly on commercial and banking disputes often involving issues of negligence, misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, enforcement of guarantees and contractual disputes.

James also deals with claims involving  the sale of goods including retention of title issues, warranty claims, factoring and invoice discounting, professional negligence, commercial and corporate fraud particularly following an insolvency event, including misappropriation and concealment of assets and debt recovery.

James has been recognised in both major legal directories.  Chambers and Partners 2020 describes him as being: "technically astute ... provides an excellent service to his clients"; in the 2021 edition, he is described as "... a great pleasure to work with and his input is always on the money."

James is meticulous and exceptional on the detail of the case. Initial judgment is rarely wrong. Great team player and has a way of making complex matters simple.

Legal 500 UK 2023

James Colvin is an expert in the insolvency field with many years of experience and capable of providing clever solutions to complex problems.

Legal 500 UK 2022

He is very good on technical points and on the detail while also being very good on the strategy and understanding the commercial view of the client.

Chambers and Partners UK 2022

James Colvin is extremely efficient, thorough and diligent. He is a steady influence on fast moving cases. Excellent judgment and provides concise commercial advice to his clients.

Legal 500 UK 2022

I have worked with a number of individuals, all of whom have been able to call on the firm’s experts in different areas to deal with complex cases. James Colvin has been particularly key in driving forward some very complex and challenging business recovery and insolvency matters.

Legal 500 UK 2022

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