James Culverwell

James joined Lamb Chambers in February 2020 having commenced his practice at a common law set in the Temple. James’ practice encompasses a broad range of civil and commercial work with a particular emphasis on matters involving property, commercial disputes, and personal injury. Since joining Chambers, James has also cemented himself in the construction team and is building on his previous experience in this area. James appears in the High Court and County Court at first instance and on appeal.

Before commencing pupillage, James worked in a top-ranked city law firm with the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team on large-scale commercial disputes as well as assisting the Real Estate Disputes and Contentious Construction teams.  James then spent two years as a County Court Advocate gaining extensive experience in the areas of landlord and tenant law, mortgage repossessions, insolvency, contract, personal injury as well as all manner of procedural hearings across the litigation process.

James has extensive experience of advocacy work having started his career with a common law practice covering Civil, Crime and Family.  He is also well-experienced in drafting and advisory work.  James has been commended for his personable style putting clients at ease and engaging tribunals.  He brings a practical and common-sense approach to his work translating complex legal matters into comprehensible advice.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, James’ experience means he is able to advise on the altered regime for residential possessions and forfeiture of commercial leases as well as the connection with alternative remedies such as insolvency and bankruptcy.

James’ commercial and general civil background mean he can provide expert advice and representation in cases involving contracts that have been affected by coronavirus or the government’s response.  With a wedding currently planned for the summer, James is particularly well-placed to advise clients who have had weddings or other events cancelled or postponed as a result of the current restrictions and social-distancing measures.  This includes termination, cancellation charges and moving the event to a new date.

James is available through the Lamb Chambers COVID-19 Q&A Service which offers a free video consultation (which will take no more than 30 minutes of your time) to solicitors, business or individuals who have issues arising from the pandemic.

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Further Information


  • Bar Professional Training Course – Very Competent
  • LLB (Hons) – First Class


  • Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Property Bar Association


James is a keen skier and a follower of the Hampshire and England cricket teams, as well as the Harlequins and England rugby teams. He is also an enthusiastic cook and enjoys good food and drink.


James has appeared in the County Court and in the High Court in insolvency and bankruptcy matters, and has a wealth of experience in debt claims, general contract disputes, and issues of tortious liability.

Recent Cases

  • EE Ltd v ZH Ltd (2020) – advising an engineering firm in a claim for non-payment of numerous invoices for materials and services rendered against the firm’s former client with a complex corporate structure
  • J v F (2020) – advising the prospective claimant in a long-running dispute over a series of investments and loans issued in respect of successive property developments.
  • MR v HMRC (2019) – advised and represented the debtor in an application to set aside a statutory demand. The debt arose from allegations of deliberately inaccurate company returns and penalties issued against the debtor as director.
  • RC v M & M (2019) – acting for a specialist lender and petitioner in bankruptcy proceedings connected with significant unpaid loans secured against properties in negative equity.
  • O Ltd v B Ltd (2019) – acted for a company defending a claim for unpaid invoices and fees which centred on the interpretation of a non-compete clause. The matter was settled on advice following a Pre-trial Settlement Hearing.
  • O v O (2019) – negotiated full concession at trial by defendant for order for sale in repayment of a series of loans. Subsequently succeeded on an application to take carriage of sale of a property following the failure by the defendant to perform its obligations under the order.

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