James Corbett KC


James Corbett was called to the Bar in 1975. He practises as Advocate James Corbett in Jersey, and as James Corbett KC in England and Wales and internationally.

James’ Commonwealth connections are extended by his being called as a Jersey Advocate (Jersey being a proud member of the Commonwealth), as well as being an English Barrister, and he was the first ever practising English King’s Counsel to be called to the Jersey Bar.

Called as a lawyer in numerous jurisdictions, James has appeared as counsel in courts and arbitrations throughout the world. He is also a regular speaker at international conferences.

James practises as counsel and as a commercial arbitrator and mediator.

Judicial experience

James Corbett was previously a Recorder (part-time judge) and deputy High Court Judge in England and Wales and is currently a panel Deemster in the Isle of Man, where he sits as a trial judge and judge of the Staff of Government Division (the Manx court of appeal).

Professional expertise

James’ areas of expertise are:

Commercial and company law (including board and shareholder disputes)

  • Insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Intellectual property and
  • Contentious trust and estate disputes.

Alternative dispute resolution

James Corbett is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Hong Kong and Singapore Institutes of Arbitrators and is a member of several arbitration panels.

He has been a CEDR accredited and registered mediator since 2001 and has mediated many commercial disputes in England, Jersey and internationally.


James Corbett is also a member of the Commercial Bar Association (ComBar), the Chancery Bar Association, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS).

Career highlights

James was a member of Serle Court, in Lincoln’s Inn, London, one of the most prestigious sets of commercial and chancery barristers, until 2010.

He was then a partner in Kobre & Kim, a New York-based international law firm for 8 years before, in 2018, relocating his practice to Jersey where he was formerly Senior Counsel in a prominent litigation firm before setting up JCKC Law and the Chambers of James Corbett KC.

James is a Jersey Advocate and the principal of JCKC Law and head of the Chambers of James Corbett KC.

To find out more about James, please visit: https://www.jamescorbettkc.com/about