James has a substantial employment law practice advising and representing both claimants and respondents in the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal in range of areas, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, TUPE, redundancy, breach of contract, unlawful deductions from wages.
Over the last few years James has advised on, and acted in, several appeals under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 on behalf of employers and HMRC on the interpretation and application of the National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015 and the permissible deductions from pay.
James also advises on settlement agreements and negotiations concerning termination packages and post-termination restrictive covenants.
In 2020 and 2021 James recorded a series of podcasts with Get Legally Speaking. James spoke with host Hatti Suvari and answered questions about employment law issues arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, furlough, redundancies, pay and the vaccine.
Recent and notable cases
Employment Appeal Tribunal include:
- Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs v Ant Marketing Limited  IRLR 744: Acted for the Respondent in the appeal and cross-appeal in relation to deductions made for accommodation and training under the National Minimum Wage legislation.
- Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs v Lorne Stewart plc  ICR 708: Acted for the appellant in an appeal concerning the correct interpretation of the National Minimum Wage legislation.
- Johnson v UKBA UKEAT/0127/14/BA: Represented the respondent in an appeal against the Tribunal’s decision to strike out the claimant’s claim and award costs on day three of the hearing following unreasonable conduct.
- Ministry of Defence v Hensman  Eq. L.R. 670 Represented the appellant in a successful appeal against the Tribunal’s application of the law and findings of disability discrimination and unfair dismissal.
- Embassy of Brazil v DA de Castro Cerqueira  1 WLR 3718: Represented the claimant in an appeal brought by their former employer in which the EAT had to consider the validity of service of proceedings abroad under the State Immunity Act 1978.
- Balfour Beatty Rail Ltd v Mitchell UKEAT/0269/11/JOJ (2012): Represented the claimant in the respondent’s appeal in respect of the correctness of the Employment Tribunal’s application of the law regarding vicarious liability in a claim of sexual harassment.
Employment Tribunal cases include:
- Glenholmes v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (2023): Represented the claimant in unfair dismissal claim.
- Graham v Swansway Garages Limited (2023): Represented the respondent during a four-day hearing of a claim of harassment related to sexual orientation.
- Maries-Darg v Thomas Startin Junr Limited (2023): Successfully defended the respondent in a constructive dismissal and harassment claim and, in respect of the latter, on the basis of the ‘all reasonable steps’ defence.
- Busca v Rygor Group Ltd (2021): Represented the respondent company and several individual employees during a six-day claim for constructive dismissal, discrimination and harassment.
- Ajala v Cambria Automobiles (South East) Limited (2021): Represented the Respondent in a claim for discrimination and harassment on grounds of race and religion.
- Mr D Kacprzycki v Metalcraft (Tottenham) Ltd (2020): Represented the Respondent in a claim for unfair dismissal and breach of contract.
- Kumar v Drive Motor Retail Limited (2018): Successfully defended claims of direct race discrimination and harassment.
- Powell v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2015): Represented the respondent in a claim of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
- Blake & others v T Brown & others (2012): Represented one of three claimants in a TUPE case involving five respondents.
- Blake v Pashun Care Homes Ltd  EqLR 1293: Successfully represented the claimant in a four-day third-party sexual harassment claim.
- Sultana and others v Margaret Moran MP and others (2010): Successfully defended an application to strike out the Claimants’ claims on grounds of claims not being actively pursued and non-compliance with Tribunal orders.
- Vetta v London Dreams Motion Pictures Ltd (2008): One of the first successful cases ruling that interns should be paid the National Minimum Wage.
James has delivered seminars and training a range of topics including bringing employment claims in the County Court, enforcement, negligent references misstatement, and the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.