James joined Radcliffe Chambers as a tenant in December 2020, following the successful completion of his pupillage. He is developing a busy practice of his own, and has been instructed to appear in both the County Court and the High Court. He accepts instructions across chambers’ core practice areas.
Before joining the Bar, James trained and practised as a solicitor in the litigation department of a leading US law firm in its London and Hong Kong offices. During his time as a solicitor, James gained experience of advising clients on a variety of commercial disputes with international dimensions.
Between 2017 and 2018, James was a judicial assistant to Lord Hughes and Lady Black at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
James is instructed in his own right as counsel in commercial claims and to advise on commercial law issues. Recent highlights include:
- Representing the successful claimant at trial in a claim for unpaid consultancy fees and resisting a counterclaim for breach of contract.
- Representing the successful defendant at trial in a claim concerning the existence of a follow on storage contract after the end of a fleet hire agreement.
- Representing the successful defendant in a claim for agency commission fees
- Advising the successful claimant in obtaining unpaid fees in a building dispute and obtaining a final third party debt order
- Assisting the Financial Conduct Authority in an enforcement action in respect of unregulated mortgages and sale and rent back agreements.
- Representing financial institutions in PPI claims at both interim and final hearings
James also has extensive commercial law experience from his time as a solicitor including:
- Advising a US based private equity house specialising in energy investments on a dispute concerning its operating rights in a UK based chemicals plant.
- Advising a UK property manager in relation to threatened proceedings arising out of an uncontrolled datacentre shutoff.
- Advising a Dutch holdco (in a private equity fund structure) in a HKIAC arbitration concerning fraud and misrepresentation allegations in the establishment of its parent fund and the subsequent acquisition of the target company by the Dutch holdco.
- Advising causes of action, on remedies, and jurisdiction issues in an investment dispute for a global insurance company
- Advising on discrete matters arising in the negotiations of mergers and acquisitions.
- Managing disclosure reviews on large commercial litigation cases.
James has appeared as sole advocate in the High Court and County Court in relation to winding up petitions, bankruptcy petitions and other insolvency applications. James also has experience on advising on various matters of company law.
Matters James has worked on include:
- Obtaining a retrospective variation of an interim payment order on behalf of a trustee in bankruptcy (Re Lorrell (in bankruptcy))  EWHC (Ch)
- Obtaining a rescission of a winding up order for a medical services company
- Advising on strategy relating to issuing statutory demands against a property development company.
- Successfully obtaining an order pursuant to sections 234 and 236 of the Insolvency Act 1986 requiring delivery up of company papers and records and requiring former directors to attend for public examination.
- Advising an investor on the recovery of their investment in the context of a member’s voluntary winding up
- Appearing in applications for extensions to administrations
- Advising on the acquisition of good title to shares in the context of a previously undisclosed trust document.
- Advising the directors of a family company on pre-emption rights and share transfers following the death of the managing director and majority shareholder.
James gained experience in a broad range of wills, trusts and estates matters, including:
- Advising on setting off debts owed by beneficiaries to an estate
- Advising on creditor claims to estates and against personal representatives and creditor grants of probate
- Advising and representing parties in applications for inventories and accounts
- Advising on the proper construction of wills and will trusts including charitable gifts
James regularly advises on property law issues (including landlord and tenant). Recent highlights include:
- Representing the successful defendant in an application to the First Tier Tribunal concerning the existence of a parking easement
- Advising a defendant and drafting pleadings in a service charge challenge in the First Tier Tribunal
- Advising house purchasers on potential claims in misrepresentation arising out of answers to Property Information Forms
- Advising on negligence claims against property surveyors
- Representing landlords and property owners in residential possession proceedings against tenants and trespassers
- BTT, BPP College of Law (2019)
- LPC, University Of Law (Distinction) (2013 – 2014)
- BCL, Mansfield College, University of Oxford (Restitution of Unjust Enrichment, Commercial Remedies, Corporate Insolvency Law and Principles of Civil Procedure) (2012 – 2013)
- BCL International (First Class Honours, First in Class), University College Dublin (2008 – 2012)
Between 2017 and 2018, James was a judicial assistant to Lord Hughes and Lady Black at the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. During this time, he assisted the Justices in a range of high-profile cases across many different areas of law and observed and discussed leading cases including:
- Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd  UKSC 67 (landmark case on the test for dishonesty)
- Steel and another v NRAM Limited  UKSC 13 (concerning solicitors’ liability to lenders for negligent misstatement)
- Goldman Sachs International v Novo Banco SA  UKSC 34 (concerning the European Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive 2014/59/EU)
- Rock Advertising Limited v MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited  UKSC 24 (leading case on ‘no oral modification’ clauses)
James has also taught as a Teaching Fellow in Commercial Law at University College London.
- Chancery Bar Association
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
- Financial Services Lawyers Association
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Scholarship (University of Oxford) (2012)
- James C. Brady Memorial Medal for 1st Place in Equity and Trusts (University College Dublin) (2012)
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award for 1st Place in International Trade Law (DePaul College of Law, Chicago, Illinois) (2011)
- Bank of Ireland Tort Essay Bronze Medal (University College Dublin) (2009)
- Butterworths Law Prize (University College Dublin) (2009)
- Stage 1 Scholarship (University College Dublin) (2009)
- High Achievers Award (University College Dublin) (2008)
During his legal studies, James participated in a number of mooting competitions, becoming a finalist in the Shearman and Sterling Moot 2013 and winning the Atkin Chambers Moot 2013.