James is ranked in Chambers and Partners in the ‘Up and Coming’ category.
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 against Silks, 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.
"He is able to explain complicated areas of law in a straightforward, easy-to-understand manner and clients are very complimentary of him. James' advocacy is excellent and he is confident and calm in his submissions, even when really tested on his feet."Chambers and Partners 2024
"James is a skilled analyst and a persuasive advocate who is always thoroughly prepared."Chambers and Partners 2024
"James is not afraid to deliver tough advice, combining compassion and realism in doing so. He has a clear vision of what direction he wants a case to take and tries his utmost to keep it on track."Chambers and Partners 2024
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. He is also an avid reader and enjoys foreign travel, having spent the months before commencing pupillage in Guatemala and Honduras.