James Montado


Meet James's team

James is a Partner within the ISOLAS litigation team. He is regularly instructed by officeholders, large international corporate entities, public bodies and institutional clients on a range of contentious issues, as well as advising on non-contentious regulatory, data protection and privacy matters.

James has taken the lead role in advising clients on contentious matters and disputes arising as a result of the use of cryptocurrency/Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) and has represented various clients in disputes relating to ICO’s and other capital raising mechanisms.

James is recognised by the leading legal directories for his work in complex high-value civil litigation with an emphasis on insolvency, fraud and contentious trusts cases. He is presently instructed in various large multijurisdictional insurance company insolvencies where he advises on general aspects of insolvency law as well as advising on potential claims against former directors, auditors and third parties.

James is instructed by trustees and beneficiaries in a number of beneficiary disputes.

James also has an extensive practice in non-contentious financial services matters where he regularly advises banking and other financial institutions on regulatory and contractual matters. In addition, he is also instructed by public bodies in various non-contentious matters with an emphasis on GDPR compliance.

James has advised banking and e-money entities in relation to PSDII, MiFID, CRD, Consumer Credit and other technical regulations emanating from the EU and more recently how Brexit may impact clients’ ability to continue with established business lines due to the potential loss of ‘passporting’.


  • ‘A very impressive and able young lawyer’

    Chambers Global

  • ‘He is tactically astute, sees all the angles and is a joy to work with.’

    Chambers Global

  • 'He always goes the extra mile to ensure work is turned around quickly.’

    Chambers Europe

  • ‘He is always a phone call away and is very approachable.'

    Chambers Europe

  • 'I have always valued his advice and respected his diligence and commitment to ensuring deadlines are met.’

    Freddie White FCA, Insolvency Practitioner, Managing Director, Grant Thornton (Gibraltar) Ltd

Notable cases

Notable Cases

  • Re: LAMP Insurance (in Liquidation) [2019] – Acting for the Official Receiver who, for the first time, was appointed as Liquidator of a regulated entity due to the extent of the financial collapse of the company.
  • Cruz –v- FSC & Ors [2019]- acting for the Financial Services Commission on a high profile defamation case brought in connection with the failure of Enterprise Insurance.
  • Re: Media Protocol [2018] – acting for the liquidator in Gibraltar’s first cryptocurrency insolvency.
  • Lavarello & Hyde –v- Jyske Bank [2018] – acted for the defendant bank at first instance and on appeal in a multimillion dishonest assistance/knowing receipt claims.


  • Emerald Bay –v- Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment [2017] –acted for one of the largest global gaming operators in an appeal concerning an anti-suit injunction.
  • Melvin –v- Roache & Anor [2017] – instructed by the defendants in a multi-million unfair prejudice petition.
  • Hill Insurance Company (in Liquidation) –v- KPMG [2016] – acting for the liquidator in a claim concerning the alleged negligent auditing of an insurance company.


  • Re: Hill Insurance (in Liquidation): – acting for the liquidator advising on general insolvency matters arising from a complex multi-million pound collapse of an insurance firm as a result of fraud.
  • Re: Lemma Europe Insurance Company (in Liquidation): – Collapse of a multi-jurisdictional insurance company.
  • Chevron -v- Amazonia & Ors [2015]: –acted as Junior Counsel in a multi-billion dollar fraud claim.

Memberships & Background


  • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
  • The Gibraltar Bar Council


2019: Partner, ISOLAS
2016: Senior Associate, ISOLAS
2011: Associate, ISOLAS
2011: Called to the Bar of England and Wales
2011: Called to the Gibraltar Bar
2011: Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), College of Law (Bloomsbury)
2010: LL.B – King’s College London
2007: Gibraltar Government Scholar


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