James practices in all areas of family law, with a particular specialism in financial remedy proceedings. He is frequently instructed in cases which feature complicated legal and factual issues, recently including void marriages, complex remuneration packages (such as RSUs and LTIPs), and nuptial settlements. He is recognised by solicitors for his careful navigation of technical issues and composed client care skills.
James has experience in being led by silks, both from within 29 Bedford Row and from other chambers. He has conducted conferences, settlement meetings, and hearings in these cases without his leader. He is instructed on appeals and the full spectrum of interim applications, and has appeared in the High Court.
In the year before joining chambers, James worked as a paralegal in the family department of Withers LLP assisting on several high value financial remedy cases.
“The client was really impressed with James; he made him feel really comfortable and felt completely supported by him. When the client was looking at counsel for the proceedings, he said to me that his intention was to use junior counsel for the First Appointment and move to more senior counsel for the subsequent hearings but having met James and being so happy with him, he has said that he would love to keep him throughout.”Joanne McDonald - Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd
James completed his undergraduate and postgraduate education in Nottingham, earning a Distinction on the Graduate Diploma in Law and reaching the final of the course Mooting Competition.
Away from work, James is a keen football fan and is a begrudging supporter of Bolton Wanderers. His is also an avid reader and enjoys foreign travel, having spent the months before commencing pupillage in Guatemala and Honduras.