In addition to his specialism in employment law, James has a broad commercial practice covering contractual disputes, debt recovery, bailment, claims in respect of the sale and supply of goods and services, and claims made under the Consumer Rights Act 2015. He has experience of and – is able to assist in – advising, drafting and representing clients in a broad range of commercial litigation, including at the pre-action stage and/or post-judgment where enforcement is required.
James’s practice also encompasses professional negligence and has advised and acted for both claimants and defendants.
Examples of recent commercial work
- Advised a government department on the recovery of a debt from a former employee.
- Advised a holiday company in respect of a claim alleging breach of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
- Fahy v (1) PCS Union & (2) Thompsons Solicitors  EWHC 3515 (QB): Represented the first defendant to a claim of professional negligence and, after the claim was struck out following a case management order, went on to represent the first defendant on appeal.
- Lipscombe v Thurgate (2011, High Court QBD): Represented the defendant trade union representative in a High Court claim for negligence and breach of contract and was successful in application to strike out the claim on grounds that it had no reasonable prospects of success.
James has delivered seminars and training a range of topics including enforcement of judgments and orders, negligent misstatement, and insolvency.
- LL.B (Hons) University of Leicester – First (2004)
- Bar Vocational Course – Very Competent (2005)
- Employment Lawyers Association
- Industrial Law Society
- Personal Injury Bar Association