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.
James was awarded the Chambers & Partners Employment Silk of the Year 2019 and Legal 500 Employment Silk of the Year 2017. He has been ranked at Band 1 in both directories for many years. Prior to becoming a Silk before he was 40, he had been ranked in the highest band of juniors in employment, election and police law for several years, being nominated for Employment Junior of the Year on several occasions.
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“He is a brilliant advocate and is impressive in his ability to identify all of the nuances in a case in a short period of time.” “He is absolutely terrific and an absolute star in big whistle-blowing and discrimination cases; he knows the papers inside out, is a devastating cross-examiner and great to work with.”
Chambers and Partners 2021 (Employment, Band 1)
“A skilful and tough cross-examiner, who doesn’t take any prisoners.” “He is an impressive advocate who makes good legal arguments.”
Chambers and Partners 2021 (Election, Band 1)
“A pleasure to work with – fantastic legal knowledge, a great cross-examiner and really client friendly.”
Legal 500 2021 (Employment, Tier 1)
“He’s a very good advocate who is quick to pick up on difficult legal issues.”
Chambers and Partners 2020 (Election, Band 1)
“The ultimate tactician. He gets up to speed swiftly, analyses the issues and then plays the cards like a poker genius.”
Chambers and Partners 2020 (Employment, Band 1)
“Very, very smart.”
Chambers and Partners 2020 (Police Law: Mainly Claimant, Band 2)
“Fantastic cross-examiner particularly with tricky claimants and reads the court really well.”
Legal 500 2020 (Employment, Band 1)
“A brilliant tactician and original thinker.”
Chambers & Partners 2019 (Employment, Band 1)
“Excellent tactical advice and a fantastic manner with clients.” “A real team player who is brilliant with clients.”
Legal 500 2018 (Employment, Band 1)
“A tremendous operator who prepares meticulously and can recall information flawlessly off the top of his head.”
Legal 500 2018 (Election Law, Band 1)
“An extremely impressive trial advocate. His legal arguments are excellent, his court manner is firm and he is a tenacious fighter for his clients. An extremely hard worker.”
Legal 500 2018 (Police Law: Mainly Claimant)
“He is a brilliant cross-examiner, very impressive with clients, and gauges the mood of the Tribunal very well.”
Chambers & Partner 2017 (Employment, Band 1)
“He has a flair for advocacy and a passion for the rights of victims, and is excellent both with clients and in negotiation.” “He is a thorough and experienced trial advocate.”
Chambers & Partners 2017 (Police Law: Mainly Claimant)