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James Gleeson

Partner  |  Dickinson Gleeson

England and Wales


Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution
Fraud and asset tracing
Company and funds litigation


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

I appeared as expert witness in O’Keefe v Caner, an English case concerning the limitation period for claims against directors. I was cross-examined by the former Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith QC and Anthony Zacaroli QC for the opposing applicants. The claims brought by Memery Crystal on behalf of the Applicant Liquidators related to allegations of breaches arising from unauthorised payments by way of dividend amounting to some £35 million. The firm was instructed by Enyo Law LLP.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

The best approach is to throw away preconceptions. Do not make plans, because life never goes to plan. The key is how you react to the unexpected. Make the most of every opportunity. Be open to difference. Cherish adverse experiences as you learn the best from them.

What is your favourite quote?

“Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,” William Shakespeare.