James specialises in commercial and property litigation, in particular property and financial services related professional negligence claims. He understands the need not only for technical excellence in both advisory work and advocacy but also the commercial imperatives of his clients, which range from large lending institutions and professional indemnity insurers to smaller businesses to high net worth individuals. His focus is on strategy and cost-benefit analysis as well as legal finesse.
A four year stint working as an employed barrister in an international law firm, developing and leading a team of specialist lawyers, gave him invaluable insight and understanding of the workings of both large solicitors’ firms and their corporate clients.
James spoke at the Legal Week Banking Litigation and Regulation Forum in June 2016 on ‘Ticking Timebombs: Tax avoidance scheme claims’; he has also recently been quoted in The Times on similar issues and has been quoted in leading insurance sector magazine Post on solicitors’ professional indemnity policy issues. He frequently provides training to solicitor clients on a diverse range of topics.
James is instructed in many high value and complex matters; details of many of his cases are set out in the CVs available the practice area links on the left.
James is ranked as a leading junior for Professional Negligence in both Chambers UK and Legal 500.
He is particularly praised for being "commercially minded".
Lender Claims (Edited by Tomlinson QC and Grant, Sweet and Maxwell, July 2010) - Contributions in relation to subjects including equitable securities over land. Second, significantly expanded edition coming early 2017.
Breach of Trust - the strongest of all Lender Claims? has been published in both the Journal of Professional Negligence (2012- Vol 28 no. 2) and Trust Law International (2012- Vol 26 no.4).
Co-authored the article "Breach of trust- commercial lenders beware- but also an opportunity?" in the Mortgage Finance Gazette.
Author of ‘Is time running out to bring tax mitigation scheme claims against financial advisers?’ in Accountancy magazine.
Author of "Financial advice on tax-related investment schemes: (why) a surge in claims?" in the Journal of International Banking and Finance Law, December 2016.
LLB Hons (Cardiff)
Professional Negligence Bar Association
Professional Negligence Lawyers Association
Midland Commercial and Chancery Bar Association
London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association