"Persistent and determined”, he handles a broad spectrum of employment and commercial disputes, and has a strong reputation for his excellent performances in the tribunal. Sources particularly stressed his skill at handling appellate cases.”
"He is incredibly knowledgeable and clients love him.” "Very thorough, calm and mild-mannered”
"A fine knowledge of employment law” and "the ability to think on his feet when needed”. He is "an excellent advocate with a calm demeanour” and is "adept at handling cases with complex factual backgrounds”.
(Chambers & Partners)
James’ practice covers individual employment law, commercial litigation, injunctions, collective/trade union aspects of labour law, the regulation of charities, and professional liability. James’ commercial expertise covers contractual disputes, directors duties, civil fraud, partnership, shareholder rights, soft IP, copyright and passing off, jurisdiction disputes, insolvency and agency.
Regularly instructed in injunction proceedings both for claimants and defendants, James has experience of confidential information and team move cases, springboard injunctions, search orders and injunctions relating to the inspection of electronic documents. He has experience of industrial action injunction proceedings and injunctions protecting charities from maladministration.
James has acted in high profile discrimination, TUPE and collective employment matters and is regularly instructed to appear before the EAT and Court of Appeal and a number of his appellate cases have been reported.
James contributes to the loose leaf "Transfer of Undertakings” (Sweet and Maxwell), and wrote chapters for The Law of Industrial Action and Trade Union Recognition, 2nd ed 2011 (OUP) .
James has a particular interest in the administration of charities. His work includes governance issues and management disputes, trustee duties, constitution interpretation, employment and contractual/commercial disputes.
James’ practice regularly involves international disputes and foreign jurisdictions. He has rights of audience before the DIFC Courts in Dubai, where he has undertaken full trials at first instance and appeals before the DIFC Court of Appeal.
Before studying law James studied engineering at Cambridge University, and worked as an engineer for the Ministry of Defence
and in the private sector.
James’ commercial expertise includes contractual disputes, directors duties, civil fraud, partnership, shareholder rights, soft IP, confidential information and database rights, copyright and passing off, unjust enrichment, the sale and supply of goods and services, conflict of laws (including anti-suit injunctions), insolvency and employment agency contracts.
Recent instructions include:
James is regularly instructed in injunction proceedings both for claimants and defendants. He has experience of confidential information, maturing business opportunity and team move cases, springboard injunctions, search orders and orders relating to the inspection of electronic documents. He has experience of industrial action injunction proceedings and injunctions protecting charities from maladministration.
James’ practice covers tribunals, County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, multi claimant cases and test cases.
James regularly advises on industrial action and collective/trade union matters. He has represented a number of organisations during national strike action, and advised employers on their dealings with trade unions. He has broad experience of trade union related statutory employment rights including consultation, detriment and dismissal claims, blacklisting, and also individuals’ rights against trade unions such as the s64 TULR(C)A 1992 right not to be unfairly disciplined.