James is a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence barrister, who joined chambers after completing his pupillage under the supervision of Gabriel Farmer.
He appears regularly for both claimants and defendants in: fast track and multi-track trials, CCMCs, interlocutory applications, inquests and appeals.
James is happy to consider any case with representation under a CFA and will not levy any fee if prospects are insufficient.
James is flexible, approachable and is already making an impression with instructing solicitors, despite his relatively junior call. He is happy to talk matters through informally on the telephone prior to instruction and aims to turn around any papers within 14 days.
James has a busy personal injury practice, and is often in court up to four to five times per week. He is instructed by both claimants and defendants in a range of fast-track and multi-track matters, and has experience in cases involving:
The value of James's caseload varies, but he is instructed in a number of high five and six-figure claims.
He is also used to dealing with applications concerned with the interpretation of the fixed costs and QOCS provisions. See for example Magon v RSA, where James acted for the successful claimant/appellant in a case dealing with QOCS and discontinuance.
James is also often instructed in cases involving an element of fraud and/or dishonesty and has recently written a book titled: 'A practical guide to QOCS and Fundamental Dishonesty', and which can be purchased at: http://www.lawbriefpublishing.com/product/qocsandfundamentaldishonesty/
During pupillage James undertook work for every member of the clinical negligence team, exposing him to a wide range of cases. Work undertaken during that time ranged from research around gynaelogical issues to drafting particulars of claim in cases involving the mistreatment of the elderly in care homes and hospitals.
Since completing pupillage, James has built up a successful clinical negligence practice, and is often instructed in five and six figure claims where at least three or more experts have been instructed for each side.
Examples of recent work includes cases involving:
James is also regularly instructed to appear at inquests, and is happy to do so where there are some prospects of success.
James has been instructed in numerous CCMCs (for claimants and defendants), interim payment applications, and provisional and detailed assessments. His busy personal injury and clinical negligence practice means that he is also regularly instructed to deal with the more discreet points of costs law that involve the fixed costs provisions, the QOCS provisions, and Part 36. Recent examples of such work include:
James frequently delivers training for solicitors and costs firms, and has been invited to speak on costs at national events such as the 2018 conference for the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers. He also regularly writes about costs related matters for various websites, and has recently written a book on QOCS and fundamental dishonesty, titled: 'A practical guide to QOCS and Fundamental Dishonesty', and which can be purchased here.