James practises principally in the fields of employment and discrimination law, commercial law and civil actions against the police. He also practises in the fields of media, sports, public, , election and human rights law.
Prior to becoming a Silk before he was 40, he had been ranked in the highest band of juniors in both employment law and police law in Chambers and Partners for several years, being nominated for Employment Junior of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. He has also highly ranked in employment and in human rights in the Legal 500 for many years. Recent entries include:
New silk James Laddie QC is “highly commercial, hands-on, good at fostering team spirit and excellent with clients”. (Employment Law, Chambers & Partners)
“…unbeatable in cross-examination” (Police Law, Chambers & Partners)
“an extremely hardworking barrister with a photographic memory” (Employment, Legal 500)
James represents a range of clients including a range of trade unions, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and blue chip companies both in the United Kingdom and overseas. He is equally at ease acting for claimants and respondents/defendants.
James has very extensive experience in conducting long and complex trials. In recent years he has been involved in some of the most high-profile and challenging employment claims in England. He has a particular interest in confidentiality and privacy, whistleblowing and disability issues and is very familiar with the issues that arise in cases which have a high media interest.
James is also a very experienced appellate practitioner and has had more than 30 reported employment cases in the last decade. These reported cases illustrate the breadth of his practice, covering all forms of discrimination, whistleblowing, human rights, contract, restrictive covenants, TUPE, working time, trade unions, restrictive covenants and more.
James’s practice in commercial employment law has branched out to all types of commercial dispute, from vanilla contractual disputes to acting for global entities in complex international arbitrations involving allegations of fraud and conspiracy.
Civil Actions Against the Police
James acts for claimants in claims of assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and allied causes of action against the police and other public bodies. He is equally at home in trial and acting on appeals, and is instructed by many of the leading solicitors in the field.
Before practising in civil law, James practised at the criminal Bar, which provided him with a foundation for his noted advocacy skills. He speaks excellent French and is comfortable conducting litigation with French clients and documents.
James is in demand as a speaker and broadcaster, and writes widely on topics of interest. He is the author of the chapters on harassment and discrimination in Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings and is a contributing author to the Butterworths Employment Law Guide. He is a member of the Industrial Law Society, the Employment Lawyers Association, the Police Action Lawyers Group, the Bar Pro Bono Unit and ELAAS.
James accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.