James has a broad commercial and employment law practice. He has unusually extensive advocacy experience for a barrister of his call and often acts as sole counsel against more senior opponents; he is equally at home acting with leading counsel as part of large litigation teams. He is currently acting in cases proceeding in the Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions of the High Court, in County Courts, in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, and in Employment Tribunals. He has particular expertise in TUPE matters and in the cross-over field of employee competition (team-moves, restrictive covenants, confidential information). He also regularly litigates for and against financial institutions in both commercial and employment matters.
James joined Littleton after obtaining a Double First and Doctorate from Oxford University, where he worked as a College Lecturer. He gained “Outstanding” marks on the BVC, scoring particularly highly in cross-examination and winning the Herbert Smith award for outstanding speaker in the Final of the Apex Competition.
Recent practice has included:
In addition to the above, James writes a widely-read monthly column on civil procedure for the Practical Law Company, past issues of which can be read here.
Much of his practice consists of repeat business, with instructing solicitors ranging from City firms to sole practitioners. James is also happy to work where appropriate on a licensed access basis, notably with insolvency practitioners.