James Hart

James Hart

Managing Partner

James leads Hillmont Partners office in London. He heads the Private Client practice and co-heads the Cross-Border Dispute Resolution practice.

His practice is focused on investment planning, assets structuring, acquisition and protection, cross-border transactional and litigation support. James advises Ukrainian private clients and international NPL funds on asset recovery strategies in multiple jurisdictions. His clients include companies listed on stock exchanges in London, Paris, Singapore, New York and Toronto.

He also currently consults international companies with operations in Ukraine on matters ranging from dispute resolution to due diligence and M&A.

James is a brilliant rainmaker and facilitator in strategic investment relations and projects involving Ukraine. He enjoys the reputation of Ukraine’s brand ambassador at global networking communities where investment potential of Ukraine is discussed

Professional experience

James co-founded Hillmont Partners in 2016. He has been an advisor to the former Prime Minister of Ukraine and former First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. He has provided advice on matters of reform, asset recovery, trade and investment to Ukraine’s government and legislature.


  • Eton College;
  • Durham University, First Class Honours in Russian and French;
  • London Business School, Executive MBA.

Awards and Recognition

  • The Legal 500 EMEA, edition 2021 – featured as a recommended practitioner in Dispute Resolution, Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, Corporate, Commercial and M&A and Private Client practice;
  • Benchmark Litigation Europe, Edition 2021 – named as the firm’s key practitioner for Dispute Resolution

‘James Hart is an outstanding operator, with an exceptional intellect and natural sensitivity for navigating complex and evolving client demands. He is a go-to individual whenever a situation needs a careful and experienced hand.’

‘James Hart provides excellent leadership and a very fine overlay of the commercial aspects to the discussion. His client focussed style is extremely refreshing.’