James is a highly experienced property advocate who combines intellectual rigour with a practical, commercially minded approach. He is regarded by clients as approachable and efficient, always aiming to put the client’s needs first. James completed his 3-year term as Head of Property in April 2021.
James has particular expertise in commercial and residential landlord and tenant law and is a leading authority on tenancy deposit protection scheme disputes.
He sits as a Recorder and as a Deputy District Judge.
James is married with two children. When time permits, he enjoys wine, cricket, bridge and music. He is an elected member of Elmbridge Borough Council where he is leader of the Opposition. Prior to that he was Leader of the Council in 2019. He was Cabinet member for Planning (2018-19) and for Housing (2010-16).
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Qualifications and appointments
- BA (1st class) Birmingham University (Ritchie Prize) (1990)
- British Academy Scholarship, Oxford University (1990)
- MSt Brasenose College, Oxford (1991)
- Middle Temple Queen Mother’s Scholar (1992)
- Middle Temple Harmsworth Entrance Exhibitioner (1992)
- Legal Services Commission Funding Review Panel
- French (fluent), German (working knowledge)
- Property Bar Association
- Editorial Board, RICS Isurv
- Elmbridge Borough Council
Wine, politics, history, music, bridge, cricket and football.