James commenced pupillage in October 2018 and is building experience across all of Chambers’ main areas of practice, with a particular interest in commercial dispute resolution, professional negligence and insurance disputes.
Prior to starting pupillage, James spent two years working in the Private Commercial Litigation team at Mishcon de Reya LLP, gaining experience in a range of disputes, including cross-border commercial frauds, contentious trusts, reputation, data protection, education, and professional disciplinary proceedings. In particular, James was part of the team at Mishcon acting for the successful Claimant in a 40-day civil fraud trial before Mr Justice Morgan in the Chancery Division arising out of a €100m fraud (Group Seven & Anor v Nasir & Ors  EWHC 2466 (Ch)). James also acted as part of a small team which secured an acquittal in ACCA regulatory proceedings along with the largest costs order ever made against the ACCA. Costs awards against the ACCA are usually available only in truly exceptional circumstances.
James has gained a range of advocacy experience prior to starting pupillage, having mooted on behalf of the University of Law and Middle Temple respectively, reached the semi-finals of the Middle Temple Rosamund Smith Mooting Competition, and volunteered at the Free Representation Unit in relation to social security appeals. James also spoke at the 2012 Festival of Education on education reform.
James is very committed to encouraging access to legal services and legal training. You can see further details of his activities in the CSR tab of his profile.
Outside of law, James enjoys football and snooker.
- BA, Jurisprudence, Upper Second Class Honours (St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford)
- BPTC, Very Competent (University of Law)
Awards and Achievements
- Major BPTC Scholarship (Astbury Award), Middle Temple
- Performance Award, University of Law
- Access to the Bar Award, Middle Temple
- Ranked 2nd in BPTC cohort in advocacy competition
- Publication of ‘Breach of trust: dirty money’ (Trusts & Estates Law and Tax Journal, Issue 193 (2018)) regarding Group Seven v Nasir & Ors  and the use of dishonest assistance claims in the civil fraud context.
James has volunteered for a range of CSR and pro bono initiatives, including
- The SPITE Project, which advises victims of revenge porn and related civil and criminal issues.
- The Own-It! Project, which advises arts students on IP and copyright issues arising in the course of their work
- The Access Project, which assists school-age students from under-represented backgrounds in their aspirations to apply to Oxbridge
- The Free Representation Unit (FRU)