Practice Overview

James is developing a broad practice specialising in professional negligence, insurance, property damage and general commercial litigation. He regularly appears in county courts for both trials and interlocutory hearings and has also appeared in the TCC and Commercial Court both led and in his own right.

Recent cases that James has been instructed in or is currently involved with include:

Brit UW Ltd v F&B Trenchless Ltd [2015] EWHC 2237 (Comm): acted for the insured tunnelling contractor where insurers were seeking to avoid their public liability insurance. (with Daniel Shapiro).

Global Draw v IGT: (with Christopher Butcher QC and Daniel Shapiro) in the Commercial Court acting for a vendor of a video gaming company in respect of various claims arising out of a share purchase agreement. The claim was valued at over £50 million and settled after one week of trial on confidential terms (instructed by Lewis Silkin).

Howmet v EDL [2014] EWHC 3933 (TCC): (with Ben Quiney QC) 4 week trial in the TCC acting for a factory owner in a recovery action resulting from a serious fire that caused £24m losses arising from an alleged failure of fail safe devices(instructed by RPC).

Wembridge Claimants & Ors v East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service [2013] EWHC 2331 (QB): representing the Defendant in the multi-party litigation following the Marlie farm fire in which two firemen were killed after a huge explosion caused by negligently stored fireworks (with Lord Faulks QC and Muhammed Haque QC) (instructed by Clyde & Co).

Before joining Chambers James read Jurisprudence at Somerville College, University of Oxford and was then a research assistant in the Commercial and Common Law Team at the Law Commission during which time he was heavily involved in the passage of the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 and then the Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Act 2012. As a result of this experience he has particular knowledge of insurance law and the insurance industry. During this time, he also taught contract and tort law at Queen Mary, University of London and Westminster University.

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