James Mews


E: jm@pineladvocates.com

T: +44 (0)1534 828982

Outside Interests

James loves sport and music, but he finds himself much better at sitting than running so it's a good job that he enjoys music.  When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as helping a charity called Music in Action which provides education to the island’s children and outreach to care homes.  If he does have time, he watches football or tennis and is trying to progress from “couch potato to 5k runner”.  He really enjoys family holidays; watching children splashing in the pool, savouring delicious food with a nice refreshing glass and soaking up the sunshine.


James has seventeen years’ legal experience. This includes advising a range of clients on banking, corporate and commercial, litigation and private client matters and playing a major part in the development of Jersey’s financial services laws. 

James led and participated in working parties on banking laws including bank transfer arrangements, SEPA, the creation of a deposit compensation scheme, and a bank resolution law.  In the private client arena he led and participated in the working parties creating the Jersey foundation, and recent trusts amendments.  In the regulatory sphere, James has been significantly involved in new legislation over the last 10 years including AML developments, the creation of civil fining powers for the regulator and the creation of the Jersey ombudsman. 

James has been an active contributor to the Jersey Bankers Association and Jersey Association of Trust Companies on legal matters, and spoken at many seminars relating to financial services from private client, to banking and insolvency issues.  He recently chaired an event at a Cambridge International Symposium on AML and banking matters including senior representatives from the Bank of England and leading UK, European and American lawyers.    

James is an Advisor to the Jersey Deposit Compensation Scheme Board and represents the Board on international matters including the International Association of Deposit Insurers.

James previously led a team of lawyers in the Chief Ministers Department as the Director, Finance Industry Development.  Prior to then, he was Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Division of the Jersey Financial Services Commission advising on regulatory matters.    

Career & Qualifications

University of Cambridge (MA (Hons)) 1995

University of Cambridge (LL.M), 1996

Inns of Court School of Law (BVC) 1997

Called to the Bar of England and Wales 1997

Jersey Advocate Qualifying Examinations, Institute of Law, Jersey 2012

Previously employed by Mayer Brown, the Jersey Financial Services Commission and the States of Jersey.

Professional Bodies

Member of the General Council of the Bar for England and Wales

Member of Lincoln’s Inn