James was called to the Bar in 2010 by Lincoln’s Inn having studied Law at the University of Leicester and St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He completed a commercial chancery pupillage at Selborne Chambers in London before moving to join KCH Garden Square in October 2011.
Since joining KCH Garden Square, James has expanded his original Commercial Chancery background to cover all aspects of Civil law, particularly personal injury, RTA litigation, contractual matters, professional negligence and employment law. He regularly appears on Small Claim RTAs and credit hire matters as well as Fast and Multi Track personal injury claims. James advises, and prepares pleadings, in matters concerning personal injury and accidents at work and advises on quantum and settlement.
James’ particular specialism lies in landlord and tenant, housing and property law. He has advised on, and appeared in, cases concerning lease construction, dilapidations claims, claims against managing agents, homelessness appeals, as well as possession and forfeiture proceedings. He regularly appears for social landlords seeking anti-social behaviour injunctions and orders. His work covers both residential and business tenancies. In property law, he undertakes work in relation to mortgages, trusts of land and orders for sale.
James acts for both claimants and respondents in the Employment Tribunal in both privately funded and insurance funded matters. He has experience in unfair dismissal cases (including redundancy), discrimination claims, TUPE matters as well as costs applications and procedural matters.
Additionally, James has experience in personal insolvency, corporate insolvency and company law proceedings in the Companies Court of the High Court and the County Court. James has experience in procedural and enforcement applications in both the High Court and County Court, including applications for freezing injunctions. He has experience in Proceeds of Crime Act matters in the Magistrates’ Court.
James is a member of the Equine Law group. He has experience in dealing with trials involving the sale of horses and defects with them. He has dealt with claims covering the proper construction of agreements for the land upon which horses have been stabled and whether this can equate to business property when breeding occurs as well.
More recently, James has developed his practice in probate matters in the High Court; including Inheritance Act claims and matters concerning the appointment and conduct of executors.
During pupillage James gained experience in professional negligence work, wills and trusts issues and telecommunications law.
James obtained a First Class LL.B degree from the University of Leicester before reading for the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He completed Bar School at Nottingham Law School, being graded ‘Outstanding’ in Commercial Litigation, Negotiation and Conference Skills. James was awarded a Lord Denning Scholarship, a Hardwick Award and a Sunley Scholarship by Lincoln’s Inn and received the Buchanan Prize for being the highest graded Lincoln’s Inn student at Nottingham Law School.
James teaches Land Law, Civil Justice and Contract Law at the University of Leicester.