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James accepts instructions across the full range of Chambers’ work. He has a particular interest in commercial, employment, private international law and property damage litigation.
Highlights of James’ recent and current work include:
- Al Jaber & Ors v Salfiti & Ors – acting in a complex fraud claim where the defendants successfully discharged a freezing injunction obtained ex parte without full and frank disclosure.
- Liberty Partnership Ltd v Tancred – advising in long running litigation concerning a breach of warranty claim in respect of a share purchase agreement.
- Acting on the instructions of the Government Legal Department in a disability discrimination claim under the Equality Act 2010.
- Acting on behalf of the claimant in a successful property damage claim concerning the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
During pupillage, James assisted members of Chambers in a broad range of matters including: resisting an application to restrain a winding up petition concerning the enforcement of a US judgment; working on several high value disputes in the DIFC Courts ranging from complex fraud to construction cases; assisting in a multi-million-dollar construction arbitration under LCIA Rules; advising on a potential property damage claim arising out of a gas pipeline explosion; and advising on an insurance coverage dispute arising out of a motor racing accident.
Prior to joining Chambers, James gained extensive experience as a commercial litigation paralegal in the commercial disputes team of a leading London law firm, and as a paralegal on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Team at Lambeth Council.
Before practising law, James was a professional jazz saxophonist based in the US and member of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.
James is developing a diverse commercial practice and has gained particular experience in cases concerning contractual interpretation and shareholder disputes. Highlights of his recent and current work include: advising on Liberty Partnership Ltd v Tancred, a long running case concerning alleged breaches of share purchase agreement; assisting with a multi-million dollar DIFC Courts claim concerning the proper shareholding of a Dubai company; assisting in Alan Murchison Restaurants Limited & Ors v Portridge Capital, an insolvency application concerning alleged undervalue transactions; advising and acting as sole counsel for a defendant company in a breach of contract claim brought by a major UK recruitment agency.
Litigation involving fraud claims forms a significant part of James’ commercial law experience. He also has experience in freezing and proprietary injunction applications. His recent work includes: acting (as a second-six pupil and while a paralegal) in Al Jaber & Ors v Salfiti & Ors, a complex fraud claim where the second defendant first discharged a freezing order and then obtained his own injunction in support of his counterclaim; assisting (as a pupil) in a high-value civil fraud claim in which the claimant successfully obtained a freezing injunction and disclosure order in support of her cross-border conspiracy claim; and advising the defendants in a high value commercial dispute on the issue of varying a solicitor’s undertaking given in lieu of a freezing injunction.
James has worked on a broad range of construction disputes. He has acted as sole counsel in a construction claim concerning breaches of a JCT form contract. As a pupil, he assisted in a construction arbitration (LCIA Rules) concerning the encashment of bonds; drafted pleadings in a delay claim arising out of a historic property conversion; and assisted in an arbitration claim (LCIA Rules) concerning a power plant refurbishment.
James has experience in a range of employment law matters. He has recently been instructed by the Government Legal Department in a disability discrimination claim. Prior to commencing pupillage, he acted (as a volunteer advocate) in a number of employment cases through the Free Representation Unit including claims for unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and discrimination. In one case, he acted for a claimant who obtained over £100,000 in a disability discrimination claim against an NHS Trust.
James has worked on a number of cases concerning scope of coverage and insurance contracts. As a pupil, James advised on a scope of coverage claim in respect of an accident at a motor racing track; drafted pleadings in a scope of coverage claim in respect of subsidence damage to property; advised on a potential scope of coverage claim concerning a professional liability policy; and advised on a construction claim where the effect of a subrogation waiver cause was in issue.
James has extensive experience advising, drafting and acting on personal injury matters. He appears regularly in the County Court on behalf of defendants and claimants. As a pupil, he assisted members of Chambers on a variety of personal injury matters including in respect of claims under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and the Occupiers Liability Act 1957.
James has a particular interest in claims giving rise to jurisdiction or choice of law issues. As a pupil, he assisted in a cross-border complex fraud claim where choice of law and a jurisdiction were in issue; resisted an application to set aside a winding up petition made on the basis that a US Judgment was unenforceable; and advised on jurisdiction and the applicable law on a potential claim concerning an injury sustained abroad.
James has gained experience in a range of product liability matters. His previous experience includes drafting pleadings in a vaginal mesh claim, drafting pleadings in a property damage claim arising out of a defective flue design and advising on a potential claim concerning a combustible dehumidifier.
James accepts instructions on professional negligence matters. As a pupil, James gained experience of professional negligence cases, including those involving construction professionals and insurance brokers.
James has gained experience in a broad range of property damage matters. He appeared as sole counsel for the claimant in a property damage case arising out of construction works at a neighbouring property. As a pupil, he: assisted Neil Moody QC on a fire damage claim arising out of plumbing works; advised a university in a potential flood damage claim; drafted pleadings in a subsidence damage claim; and advised on a potential property damage claim arising out of a gas pipeline explosion.
James is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Scheme and has been instructed by the Government Legal Department on a disability discrimination claim.
James also has experience with inquiry work, having been a full-time paralegal on Lambeth Council’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Team after completing the GDL.