Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Administrative & Public Law - London (Bar)
James Goudie QC possesses a strong track record of appearing in judicial reviews on behalf of local authorities. He continues to advise public bodies on local authority powers and governance. His substantive expertise encompasses procurement and state aid.
Strengths: "He is seriously impressive and an acknowledged expert on local authorities." "He can talk to the courts with precision and concision."
Recent work: Advised East Sussex County Council on a challenge concerning its decision making surrounding the care of the claimant's child.
Local Government - London (Bar)
James Goudie QC is an erudite silk with a broad practice. He handles all manner of administrative and public law cases and is a noted expert in employment and public procurement law. He advises on the most significant local government matters including cases concerning local authority finance and governance. His significant contributions in the field have earned him the nickname 'the godfather of local government'.
Strengths: "He does an exceptional job." "Very knowledgeable."
Recent work: Acted for Westminster City Council in a Part 8 claim seeking declaratory relief as to the effect of an ongoing contract with the defendant (to provide leisure services to the council) in relation to responsibility for losses incurred arising from closure of leisure facilities during the current coronavirus pandemic.
Education - London (Bar)
James Goudie QC is an accomplished education practitioner with experience in a variety of other areas, including administrative law, environmental law and employment law. He regularly advises local government and universities on challenges against admissions procedures and construction projects. His broad education expertise results in him being instructed on anything from novel Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) matters to academy conversions and higher education work. He is also adept at handling cases involving allegations of discrimination.
Strengths: "A walking encyclopedia."
Recent work: Advised East Sussex County Council in a judicial review concerning the decision by the local authority to make a child subject to a Child Protection Plan following concerns raised by the child's school.
Public Procurement - London (Bar)
James Goudie QC is a hugely respected veteran of the Bar who is regularly instructed by local authorities to provide advice on complex procurement disputes. He is also a strong choice to advise claimants seeking to challenge procurement decisions.
Strengths: “A lawyer with an exceptional knowledge base, whose work drive is incredible and whose advice is of the highest quality.” “He has an excellent grasp of the issues, both technical and commercial, and provides clear and definitive advice that allows the client to make decisions with confidence.”
Recent work: Acted in The Lord Mayor and Citizens of the City of Westminster v Sports and Leisure Management Ltd. Goudie appeared for the claimant council in a Part 8 claim seeking declaratory relief as to the effect of an ongoing contract with the defendant (to provide leisure services to the council) in relation to responsibility for losses incurred arising from the closure of leisure facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Specialises across Public and Commercial/Employment Law.
Solicitor 1966-70. Ca led to the Bar Inner Temple 1970. Appointed QC 1984. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Former Recorder. Former Deputy High Court Judge. Member of the Bars of Antigua and Barbuda and the British Virgin Islands. Past President National Security Panel for Information Rights. Past Chairman, Bar Council Law Reform Committee, Administrative Law Bar Association and Bar European Group.
Educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, and LSE (LLB Hons). Emeritus Governor of LSE. Former Leader of London Borough Council (Brent).