Areas of Expertise

James is regularly instructed in small claims in the County Court and has undertaken fast track trials and has received instructions for the multi track. James frequently appears in hearings dealing with strike out applications and opposing relief from sanctions and has dealt with many stage three hearings on quantum of damages and road traffic accidents including credit hire.

James is keen to expand his civil practice and accepts work in all areas of civil commensurate with his year of call.


James regularly appears in the family court dealing with Non-Molestation Orders in the family court and has undertaken work on occupation orders. He is regularly instructed in private law family disputes dealing with issues over contact with children between parents often in cases involving alleged domestic abuse.

James also receives instructions in care proceedings.

James is keen to develop a practice in family law and is able to accept instructions commensurate with his year of call.


James observed ancillary relief proceedings during pupillage and has appeared in directions hearings for ancillary relief proceedings and for financial relief under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

James is able to accept instructions commensurate with his year of call.


James receives instructions in housing cases and has undertaken trials for possession orders, applications for anti social behaviour injunctions and committal proceedings. He has also appeared in cases arguing points of public law, human rights and equality act defences. He has advised on homelessness appeals, unlawful eviction, business tenancies and forfeiture. James acts for both landlords and tenants.

James is keen to develop a practice in landlord and tenant and housing law and is able to accept instructions commensurate with his year of call.

Prior to completing his pupillage and joining Chambers, James volunteered at the Avon and Bristol Law Centre in the Housing Law Team, later working as a paralegal in the Community Care Team. During this time he was involved in drafting judicial review applications challenging local authority decisions on housing allocation, working on cases involving disrepair and advised on the recovery of housing deposits. During his time with the community care team he worked on cases which involved challenging local authority decisions on the assistance offered to clients under community care law.

James is keen to build on this experience and accepts housing instructions commensurate with his year of call and has a particular interest in appropriate level community care work.

Notable cases

Wolverhampton City Council v Taylor (and others) (2016) EWHC 878 (QB);

Festival Housing Ltd v Baker (2017) EW Misc 4 (CC) (8 February 2017);


James has appeared in the Magistrates’ Court dealing with regulatory matters ranging from environmental prosecutions, taxi licensing appeals and security licensing appeals.

James is keen to expand his regulatory practice and accepts instructions commensurate with his year of call.

Before completing his pupillage and joining Chambers, James volunteered at Avon and Bristol Law Centre in the Housing Law Team, later working as a paralegal in the Community Care Team.

In 2013 James spent the late summer as an Intern at the Bar Pro Bono Unit in London. James has also undertaken cases for the Free Representation Unit in Employment Law and Social Security. He spent the summer in 2014 working as an Intern with a commercial law immigration team at a firm in London.


Qualifications

The City Law School, Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent, 2012

City University London, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2011

University of Leeds, Bachelor Degree History, 1st (Hons) 2010

Memberships

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

The Denning Society

Free Representation Unit volunteer

Appointments

Lord Bowen Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2010

Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2011

Hubert Greenland Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2014

A semi finalist in the Crown Office Chambers moot in 2011


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