James joined chambers in 2018 following successful completion of his pupillage. He is developing a broad chancery and commercial practice and accepts instructions both as sole counsel and as part of a counsel team across the full range of chambers’ expertise. James regularly appears in the County Court and High Court, and undertakes a wide variety of drafting and advisory work.
Examples of James’s recent work include:
- Advising in relation to a potential claim for dishonest assistance following a fraud in the value of $1.2 million.
- Acting (with Edward Cumming QC) in relation to a complex ongoing dispute involving the administration of a family trust and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
- Advising (with Edward Cumming QC) beneficiaries of a trust in relation to potential claims against present and former trustees and directors of underlying companies.
- Advising (with Edward Cumming QC) as to the ownership and associated rights and obligations in relation to an artwork by a prominent artist.
- Regularly representing defendant airlines in claims brought under EU Regulation 261/2004 and the Montreal Convention.
- Advising owners of an aircraft as to the likely interpretation of a contract for the aircraft’s repair.
- Settling a defence and counterclaim for owners of a property in relation to a construction dispute following defective building works.
- Regularly appearing in the High Court in relation to corporate and personal insolvency matters, including winding up and bankruptcy petitions, and other related applications.
James’s pupil supervisors were Hugh Miall, Erin Hitchens, Edward Cumming QC, and Oliver Assersohn. During pupillage, James gained experience across all of chambers’ practice areas, including trusts and probate litigation, commercial litigation, civil fraud, banking and financial services, company litigation, and insolvency.
Prior to pupillage, James was awarded the top scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn for the Bar Professional Training Course. He won the 2016 English-Speaking Union National Mooting Competition (the largest and oldest of its kind in the United Kingdom) and subsequently represented the United Kingdom at the 2017 Commonwealth Mooting Competition in Melbourne.
Further details of James’s experience are set out below.