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James Hyde, Partner

James Hyde


Practice areas

  • Automotive
  • Commercial litigation
  • Data centers
  • Industrials
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Technology
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • Telecoms

Practice notes

James helps clients resolve their complex corporate and commercial disputes, including in relation to technology, communications and data, and is recognised in those areas in the legal directories.

A senior partner within our Litigation and Dispute Management group, James helps clients resolve their complex corporate and commercial disputes. This includes leading hard-fought, complex litigation as well as alternatives, such as arbitration, mediation, expert determination, early neutral evaluation and detailed without prejudice negotiations. James leads our Tier 1 ranked commercial dispute resolution team in our Leeds office.

James is also the firm's International Head of TMT disputes and International Head of our Telecoms sector. In this regard, whether a provider or customer, James can help you resolve disputes across a broad spectrum of technolgy, communications and data-related issues. For example, his considerable experience gained since 2004 spans transformational ICT outsourcing/managed services, multi-party platform development, technology and software licensing, joint ventures, data centers, fintech, mobile, systems outages, as well as responding to, and claims arising from, Cyber-attacks and data/system security breaches (internal and external), and injunctions. In addition, James gained in-house counsel and sector experience whilst on secondment at a telematics plc.

An equally important part of what James and his team do is harnessing legal, technical and sector knowledge to enable clients to remain agile when, or before, disputes occur, managing risk, protecting and building positions, and cutting through the complexity via strategies and route maps to find the best practical solution. In addition, James and his team work with clients to help them proactively reduce risk day-to-day and avoid disputes altogether, including through interactive training sessions.

James is responsible for several of the firm’s client relationships. He is a regular author and conference speaker.

In his spare time, James is an avid snowboarder and field hockey player, and previously attained the grade of 2nd Dan blackbelt in Karate. He is also a keen advocate for social mobility, diversity and inclusion, and is a Member of Exceed multi-academy trust, which runs several schools in the Braford district of Yorkshire, serving over 3,600 students.