James is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence barrister with sub-specialisms in costs and professional negligence. He is recognised in all those areas of law by Legal 500 and is ranked as Tier 1 (Western Circuit) in both Costs and Professional Negligence.

Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence & Costs

James acts for both Claimants and Defendants in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence work but is well known for acting in cases where dishonesty is alleged or where there are complex liability or quantum issues. His present workload includes a large number of cases for both Claimants and Insurers/Trusts worth in excess of £1million where he acts as sole junior often in cases against silks. He is often instructed in Industrial Disease and Construction cases and present instructions include a large number of pain cases.

Professional Negligence

James has an extensive related practice acting in all professional negligence, insurance and costs related matters where he is regularly instructed to act in contribution, local authority and property damage cases. He brings an expertise in procedural matters to all work he undertakes and is well regarded as a trial advocate.

Village Greens

James has a particular interest in all matters relating to village greens, parks and open spaces. James is regularly instructed by local authorities to act as an independent inspector in relation to village green applications. He is instructed by local authorities and parish councils in relation to the management of their land, including advisory and court work in relation to injunctions against trespassers and travellers, adverse possession claims and planning matters where he has extensive experience of dealing with CPOs. Regular instructions also include wider Chancery matters including cases with a trusts element where James draws upon his significant experience of trusts litigation having previously worked in private practice and at the Bar in Jersey and Guernsey.


James has delivered CPD accredited lectures on Personal Injury, Insolvency, Village Greens and Common Land and Chancery matters.


  • LLB (Hons), University of Durham
  • BVC, Nottingham Law School

Clerking team

Steve Walker

Lead Civil Clerk

0191 245 9589

Lead Employment Clerk & Civil Clerk

0191 300 9359

Civil & Criminal Silks' Clerk

0113 3235 955

Civil Clerk

0191 245 9556


01642 247 569
  • "Focused and unflappable, offering high quality advocacy and pragmatic advice"

    Legal 500 2021

  • "James is an excellent advocate. He is analytical, pays great attention to detail and provides stellar advice. He is ultra client focused."

    Legal 500 2021

  • "James is an excellent advocate and very client focused"

    Legal 500 2021

  • "James provides reliable and clear advice, which takes into consideration the client’s needs. He has an eye for detail often overlooked by other members of the bar. What may seem innocuous to others can be crucial to a case and he has the knack of applying perfect weight to the issues which allows him to rescue even the most dire cases"

    Legal 500 2021

  • "A very tenacious advocate with a strong work ethic"

    Legal 500 2020

  • "His costs and CPR technical knowledge are outstanding"

    Legal 500 2020

  • "James has a fantastic manner with clients"

    Legal 500 2019