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James Robottom

“He always goes the extra mile and is a very approachable barrister. He has very good knowledge across the fields of inquests, human rights and public law.”

Chambers & Partners 2018
Called: 2009

James has a multi-disciplinary practice which covers public law and human rights, tort law (including clinical negligence and group claims), inquests and inquiriescrime, and equality law. James’ multi-disciplinary practice allows him to advise in complex claims where practice areas overlap. Chambers and Partners 2021 states that: “He’s committed, dedicated and very caring. He has a passion for the work he does and he’s fantastic at inquest work in particular.”

James is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s and the Attorney General’s Panels of Counsel at B level.

James has a broad public law, human rights and equality law practice. He is regularly instructed in judicial review, tribunal and appellate proceedings, as well as in tort and Human Rights Act actions against state bodies. He has particular expertise in relation to criminal law and public law, business and human rights, and modern slavery. James is currently undertaking a PhD at King’s College London on modern slavery, tort, and human rights law. In 2019 he was invited to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s Inquiry into modern slavery. In 2016 he was nominated for the Bar Pro Bono award for his work on behalf of survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery.

Notable cases include:

  • A&B v CICA [2021] UKSC 27 – represented the intervener (led by Karon Monaghan QC) in Supreme Court appeal regarding modern slavery survivors and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
  • Royal Cayman Islands Police Association v Commissioners of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Association – junior in Privy Council appeal on mandatory retirement on grounds of age and alleged discrimination under Articles 8 and 14 ECHR.
  • Taiwo v Olaigbe and Onu v Akwiwu [2016] UKSC 31 – Supreme Court appeal on whether mistreatment of domestic workers on grounds of vulnerable immigration status constitutes direct or indirect race discrimination.
  • Rowstock v Jessemey [2014] 1 WLR 3615 (CA) – appeal regarding statutory interpretation and reading post-employment victimisation into the Equality Act 2010.
  • Mander v Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Council [2019] 12 WLUK 79high profile Equality Act 2010 services claim re race discrimination against prospective adopters.
  • RN v CICA [2021] – Upper Tribunal judicial review regarding whether child grooming is a crime of violence for the purposes of the 2012 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.
  • Novodomskzi v Lord Chancellor – judicial review concerning lawfulness of requirement in Lord Chancellor’s Guidance on Civil Legal Aid that a claim be deemed unsuitable for representation on a conditional fee agreement before funding can be granted.
  • K v SYP – Article 2 ECHR and negligence claims against police and ambulance service for failures in relation to suicide prevention following 999 calls.

James is frequently instructed in all aspects of injury-related civil litigation. He specialises in claimant clinical negligence work, fatal claims and group claims but also represents claimants and defendants across the full range of personal injury work. He regularly represents clients in relation to high value settlements in his areas of expertise. James is listed as a leading clinical negligence junior in the Legal 500 2021.

James has particular expertise in claims involving mental injuries and mental health care. His mental health expertise is closely related to his inquest practice.

James has developed a particular practice in representing victims of modern slavery in civil and criminal injuries compensation claims. He is regularly instructed in relation to modern slavery claims against perpetrators, corporate bodies, and the State. He is currently instructed by victims of two of the biggest modern slavery conspiracies in the UK, the Kozeesleep case, which resulted in the first conviction of a factory owner for modern slavery offences, and the Operation Fort case which resulted in convictions in Birmingham in 2019.

James is author of the limitation chapter in the Civil Court Practice 2021 (the Green Book) and co-author of the APIL/Lexis Nexis online Chapters on inquests and Human Rights Act damages.

Notable cases include:

  • Balogh & Others v Hick Lane Bedding [2021] EWHC 1140 (QB) – largest ever quantum awards for modern slavery survivors.
  • Komives v Hick Lane Bedding & AM Trust Europe [2020] EWHC 3288 (QB) – authority re whether an insurer can void employers’ liability contract where insured engaged in modern slavery conspiracy (under appeal).
  • MW v SS&MS NHS Foundation Trust – represented claimant in successful £1,000,000 Fatal Accidents Act and Human Right Act claim arising from suicide in mental health care.
  • DC v ESUH NHS Trust – advised on multi-million pound clinical negligence brain injury claim arising from negligent mental health care.
  • Grenfell – currently instructed by a group of survivors of the Grenfell disaster in their civil damages claims.
  • Operation Fort – represents survivors of the UK’s largest modern slavery conspiracy against UK companies that used trafficked labour.

James has extensive experience representing interested persons at high profile inquests and in subsequent civil and HRA claims. He is a Band 3 Junior in Chambers and Partners 2021 and a Tier 3 junior in the Legal 500 2021, having been ranked in both directories since 2015. James’ inquest practice covers Article 2 ECHR inquests in relation to all forms of State detention, prison deaths, police deaths, mental health care, general clinical care, deaths in care homes, road traffic accidents, and inquests arising from criminal conduct. James has advised on and been counsel to Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiries under the Equality Act 2006.

James is a general editor of Coroners’ Investigations and Inquests, published by LexisNexis in 2021 and is co-author of the APIL/Lexis Nexis online Chapters on inquests and Human Rights Act damages.

Notable cases include:

  • T v HM Coroner for West Yorkshire [2018] 2 WLR 211 (CA) – Court of Appeal authority on jurisdiction when life cannot be proved to have existed on balance; anonymity and articles 2 and 3 ECHR.
  • SH – complex Article 2 inquest touching upon the death of 6-year-old boy which investigated systemic failures in relation to the NHS 111 system and potential corporate manslaughter in a clinical context.
  • GH – inquest touching upon the death of vulnerable deaf prisoner who took his own life following failures to make reasonable adjustments and social care referrals.
  • Instructed as junior for family in forthcoming inquest into death of Belly Mujinga.
  • Counsel for EHRC in inquiry into Premier League football clubs’ compliance with Equality Act 2010 services duties towards disabled supporters.
  • Counsel for EHRC in its inquiry into discrimination against disabled criminal defendants.
  • Equality & Human Rights Commission’s Panel
  • Serious Fraud Office Panel of Counsel (B)
  • INQUEST
  • AvMA
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Bar Human Rights Committee
DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he does; a great advocate and very good with clients."

"He's committed, dedicated and very caring. He has a passion for the work he does and he's fantastic at inquest work in particular."

Chambers & Partners 2021, Inquests and Public Inquiries

"Passionate and committed to helping victims of clinical negligence and bereaved families with an emphasis on mental health and human rights."

Legal 500 2021, Clinical Negligence

"Passionate and committed to representing bereaved families, and sensitive to claimants' plights. He delivers in complex and tragic cases involving mental health issues and fatalities that often have human rights elements."

Legal 500 2021, Inquests and Inquiries

“He always goes the extra mile and is a very approachable barrister. He has a very good knowledge across the fields of inquests, human rights and public law.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is realistic. He identifies the points that are worth pursuing and he is tenacious when questioning witnesses without ever alienating a jury. He is tenacious but fair, which gets him the answers he is looking for.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“He is very good at explaining things to clients and being easily accessible. He is also good on his feet and on paper too.”

“He is very impressive in complex cases, and he can do a very broad range of work which is helpful in inquests where specialisms can overlap.”

Chambers & Partners 2016
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Called: 2009

“He always goes the extra mile and is a very approachable barrister. He has very good knowledge across the fields of inquests, human rights and public law.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Crime
  • Public Law
  • Police, Inquests and Prison

James Robottom

Contact James: jamesrobottom@matrixlaw.co.uk | +44 (0)20 7404 3447

Contact James's Practice Team (Team X): TeamX@matrixlaw.co.uk


James has a multi-disciplinary practice which covers public law and human rights, tort law (including clinical negligence and group claims), inquests and inquiriescrime, and equality law. James’ multi-disciplinary practice allows him to advise in complex claims where practice areas overlap. Chambers and Partners 2021 states that: “He’s committed, dedicated and very caring. He has a passion for the work he does and he’s fantastic at inquest work in particular.”

James is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s and the Attorney General’s Panels of Counsel at B level.

Civil Liberties and Human Rights

James has a broad public law, human rights and equality law practice. He is regularly instructed in judicial review, tribunal and appellate proceedings, as well as in tort and Human Rights Act actions against state bodies. He has particular expertise in relation to criminal law and public law, business and human rights, and modern slavery. James is currently undertaking a PhD at King’s College London on modern slavery, tort, and human rights law. In 2019 he was invited to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s Inquiry into modern slavery. In 2016 he was nominated for the Bar Pro Bono award for his work on behalf of survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery. Notable cases include: A&B v CICA [2021] UKSC 27 – represented the intervener (led by Karon Monaghan QC) in Supreme Court appeal regarding modern slavery survivors and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Royal Cayman Islands Police Association v Commissioners of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Association – junior in Privy Council appeal on mandatory retirement on grounds of age and alleged discrimination under Articles 8 and 14 ECHR. Taiwo v Olaigbe and Onu v Akwiwu [2016] UKSC 31 – Supreme Court appeal on whether mistreatment of domestic workers on grounds of vulnerable immigration status constitutes direct or indirect race discrimination. Rowstock v Jessemey [2014] 1 WLR 3615 (CA) – appeal regarding statutory interpretation and reading post-employment victimisation into the Equality Act 2010. Mander v Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Council [2019] 12 WLUK 79 – high profile Equality Act 2010 services claim re race discrimination against prospective adopters. RN v CICA [2021] – Upper Tribunal judicial review regarding whether child grooming is a crime of violence for the purposes of the 2012 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. Novodomskzi v Lord Chancellor – judicial review concerning lawfulness of requirement in Lord Chancellor’s Guidance on Civil Legal Aid that a claim be deemed unsuitable for representation on a conditional fee agreement before funding can be granted. K v SYP – Article 2 ECHR and negligence claims against police and ambulance service for failures in relation to suicide prevention following 999 calls.

Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury Litigation

James is frequently instructed in all aspects of injury-related civil litigation. He specialises in claimant clinical negligence work, fatal claims and group claims but also represents claimants and defendants across the full range of personal injury work. He regularly represents clients in relation to high value settlements in his areas of expertise. James is listed as a leading clinical negligence junior in the Legal 500 2021. James has particular expertise in claims involving mental injuries and mental health care. His mental health expertise is closely related to his inquest practice. James has developed a particular practice in representing victims of modern slavery in civil and criminal injuries compensation claims. He is regularly instructed in relation to modern slavery claims against perpetrators, corporate bodies, and the State. He is currently instructed by victims of two of the biggest modern slavery conspiracies in the UK, the Kozeesleep case, which resulted in the first conviction of a factory owner for modern slavery offences, and the Operation Fort case which resulted in convictions in Birmingham in 2019. James is author of the limitation chapter in the Civil Court Practice 2021 (the Green Book) and co-author of the APIL/Lexis Nexis online Chapters on inquests and Human Rights Act damages. Notable cases include: Balogh & Others v Hick Lane Bedding [2021] EWHC 1140 (QB) – largest ever quantum awards for modern slavery survivors. Komives v Hick Lane Bedding & AM Trust Europe [2020] EWHC 3288 (QB) – authority re whether an insurer can void employers’ liability contract where insured engaged in modern slavery conspiracy (under appeal). MW v SS&MS NHS Foundation Trust – represented claimant in successful £1,000,000 Fatal Accidents Act and Human Right Act claim arising from suicide in mental health care. DC v ESUH NHS Trust – advised on multi-million pound clinical negligence brain injury claim arising from negligent mental health care. Grenfell – currently instructed by a group of survivors of the Grenfell disaster in their civil damages claims. Operation Fort – represents survivors of the UK’s largest modern slavery conspiracy against UK companies that used trafficked labour.

Inquests and Inquiries

James has extensive experience representing interested persons at high profile inquests and in subsequent civil and HRA claims. He is a Band 3 Junior in Chambers and Partners 2021 and a Tier 3 junior in the Legal 500 2021, having been ranked in both directories since 2015. James’ inquest practice covers Article 2 ECHR inquests in relation to all forms of State detention, prison deaths, police deaths, mental health care, general clinical care, deaths in care homes, road traffic accidents, and inquests arising from criminal conduct. James has advised on and been counsel to Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiries under the Equality Act 2006. James is a general editor of Coroners’ Investigations and Inquests, published by LexisNexis in 2021 and is co-author of the APIL/Lexis Nexis online Chapters on inquests and Human Rights Act damages. Notable cases include: T v HM Coroner for West Yorkshire [2018] 2 WLR 211 (CA) – Court of Appeal authority on jurisdiction when life cannot be proved to have existed on balance; anonymity and articles 2 and 3 ECHR. SH – complex Article 2 inquest touching upon the death of 6-year-old boy which investigated systemic failures in relation to the NHS 111 system and potential corporate manslaughter in a clinical context. GH – inquest touching upon the death of vulnerable deaf prisoner who took his own life following failures to make reasonable adjustments and social care referrals. Instructed as junior for family in forthcoming inquest into death of Belly Mujinga. Counsel for EHRC in inquiry into Premier League football clubs’ compliance with Equality Act 2010 services duties towards disabled supporters. Counsel for EHRC in its inquiry into discrimination against disabled criminal defendants.

Appointments

Equality & Human Rights Commission’s Panel Serious Fraud Office Panel of Counsel (B)

Memberships

INQUEST AvMA Human Rights Lawyers Association Bar Human Rights Committee

DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS

"He is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about what he does; a great advocate and very good with clients."

"He's committed, dedicated and very caring. He has a passion for the work he does and he's fantastic at inquest work in particular."

Chambers & Partners 2021, Inquests and Public Inquiries

"Passionate and committed to helping victims of clinical negligence and bereaved families with an emphasis on mental health and human rights."

Legal 500 2021, Clinical Negligence

"Passionate and committed to representing bereaved families, and sensitive to claimants' plights. He delivers in complex and tragic cases involving mental health issues and fatalities that often have human rights elements."

Legal 500 2021, Inquests and Inquiries

“He always goes the extra mile and is a very approachable barrister. He has a very good knowledge across the fields of inquests, human rights and public law.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“He is realistic. He identifies the points that are worth pursuing and he is tenacious when questioning witnesses without ever alienating a jury. He is tenacious but fair, which gets him the answers he is looking for.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“He is very good at explaining things to clients and being easily accessible. He is also good on his feet and on paper too.”

“He is very impressive in complex cases, and he can do a very broad range of work which is helpful in inquests where specialisms can overlap.”

Chambers & Partners 2016