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James Bagge

Call: 1979
Lincolns Inn



James’s specialist area is fraud and the regulation of investment and banking business, in particular all forms of investigations, statutory or private, and associated legal proceedings involving the FSA, the SFO, the DTI and revenue authorities. The legal directories have identified him as “an absolute leader in this field”.

James’s previous experience includes advising the Board of Banking Supervision on the Barings Inquiry and acting as lead adviser to Ronnie Baird who compiled a report into the FSA’s conduct of the regulation of Equitable Life. Both these reports were published in Parliament. He has acted for a number of leading financial institutions. More generally he acted for the Trustees of the Thyssen Bornemisza Trust in the highly publicised litigation in Bermuda. James was one of the lead partners on the corporate governance initiative at Norton Rose. James acted for a large pharmaceutical company prosecuted with others by the Serious Fraud Office for its alleged involvement in cartel activity with regard to the supply of generic drugs to the NHS.

James began his legal career practising at the Criminal Bar, before being seconded to the Serious Fraud Office for two years where he was involved in the prosecution of Guinness and the investigation of Barlow Clowes. He joined Norton Rose  in 1990, became a partner in 1993, and on retirement as a partner was invited to remain in a consultancy capacity.

James was a member of the FSA External Lawyers Consultative Group. He sat for 18 years as a legal assessor on the Disciplinary Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

James authored the Financial Services Decisions Digest published by Lexis Nexis in 2007.

Since his retirement as a partner of Norton Rose in 2008, James has developed a board evaluation business, Bvalco, drawing on his experience in corporate governance issues and working with specialists in behavioural sciences. He has also been appointed a risk advisor to the Central Bank of Ireland.

Previous Employment

Professional Headline Engagements:

1991 to 1993: Acting for the Administrators of the Maxwell Communications plc
1995: Acting for the Board of Banking Supervision on the Barings Enquiry
1997 to 2008: Acting for LIFFE on various market investigations
2001: Investigating and reporting on the FSA's regulation of Equitable Life
1997 to 2002: Lead Partner on the defence team acting for the Trustees of the Thyssen Bornemisza Trust
2002 to 2006: Lead Partner on the defence team acting for Ranbaxy in relation to one of the largest prosecutions by the Serious Fraud Office successfully defended as a consequence of an interlocutory appeal to the House of Lords.

Acting for many of the lead investment banks and/or their directors in relation to regulatory investigations into, variously, the Sumitomo copper scandal, Split Capital Investment Trusts, Payment Protection Insurance, the fixing of LIBOR. 2010 Appointed Risk Advisor to the Central Banks of Ireland.


Team Leader of the Insurance and Regulatory Dispute Resolution Group
2001 to 2004: London Departmental Head of Dispute Resolution
2004 to 2007: Global Head of Dispute Resolution at Norton Rose


2000 to 2008: Member of the FSA Lawyer's Consultative Group
1990 to 2008: Legal Assessor to the Institute of Chartered Accountants Disciplinary Tribunal


Financial Services Decisions Digest published by Lexis Nexis in 2007

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