Prior to returning to the North-East to practise at the bar, James practised commerical and trusts litigation for a prominent offshore law firm in the Channel Islands. His specialisms now include:
James undertakes both claimant and defendant personal injury work in a number of areas, including road traffic, employers' liability and occupiers' liability. He appears in matters ranging from the small claims track to the multi-track and is happy to accept work on a CFA basis. James has extensive experience of dealing with credit hire cases.
James has a particular focus on matters relating to village greens, parks and open spaces, in relation to which he has experience of appearing in multi-day public inquiries. He is also regularly instructed in relation to landlord & tenant matters, including business tenancies, service charges and breach of covenant. His practice also encompasses equity and trusts matters in relation to which he can draw on his past experience in Jersey.
James deals with all aspects of employment with a particular interest in unfair dismissal, TUPE transfers and discrimination.
Business & Insolvency
James continues to accept instructions with an extra-jurisdictional element. He has signifiant experience relating to asset tracing and recovery, freezing injunctions and reciprocal enforcement of judgments. He is regularly instructed in relation to commercial and contractual disputes as well as matters concerning the infringement of intellectual property rights. Work is also undertaken in relation to both corporate and personal insolvency matters.
James' housing practice includes possession proceedings, in particular possession relating to anti-social behaviour, public law and article 8 defences to possession, anti-social behaviour injunctions and other Housing Act matters.
James acts for both local authorities and private clients in relation to the full spectrum of Planning and related Chancery matters, with particular experience in relation to compulsory purchase and village green cases. Recent successes include:-
Hornby & Ors v Gateshead BC (2010)- acting for 18 Claimants in a 4 day conjoined hearing in the Lands Tribunal relating to compensation arising out of the Sunderland Road CPO
Barkas v Scarborough BC (2010)- acting for Local Authority in resisting an application for village green registration in a multi-day public inquiry
Lectures & Seminars:
James has delivered CPD accredited lectures on Personal Injury, Insolvency and Chancery matters.
Education & Awards:
- LLB (Hons), University of Durham
- BVC, Nottingham Law School
Agriculture, Business, Chancery, Employment, Personal Injury, Planning