James joined Chambers in October 2023 and is a first six pupil barrister.
Before starting pupillage at Radcliffe Chambers, James practiced law in New Zealand and the Cayman Islands, where he provided advice and advocacy (as both lead and junior counsel) in a variety of commercial chancery disputes. He has appeared at various levels up to and including the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
James received an LLB with First Class Honours from the University of Canterbury along with several academic and mooting awards. He more recently received an LLM from New York University, where he attended with the assistance of a Starr Foundation Global Law School Scholarship and served as a graduate editor of the New York University Journal of Law and Business. James is also working towards a STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates, which includes an advanced certificate in trust disputes.
James authors several chapters in Law of Trusts and Wills and Succession, two leading LexisNexis New Zealand publications. He is also the general editor of Practical Guidance (Trust Law), a LexisNexis New Zealand publication focused on the practical administration of trusts more generally. In addition, James regularly publishes a broad range of articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the New Zealand Law Review, New Zealand Universities Law Review, International Arbitration Law Review, and Trusts and Trustees. His academic work has been cited in decisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal of New Zealand and New Zealand Law Commission reports.