Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - Midlands (Bar)
James Howlett is an experienced barrister who is well regarded for his handling of a wide range of commercial disputes. He has particular expertise in cases concerning the carriage of goods by road, and is frequently instructed to act both for and against local authorities.
Strengths: "James Howlett is shrewd, meticulous and very down to earth. If ever I’ve needed direction on a difficult case he has been on hand to help."
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James has many years of experience in disputes about property and commercial matters, advising and appearing as an advocate in litigation, arbitration, mediation and other forms of ADR.
His wide ranging practice gives him broad knowledge, enabling him to apply principles which have developed in one area to find solutions in others. His advice always begins by recognising the client’s need for an outcome which fits their commercial or personal position. He writes in a clear non-technical style, setting out the options to guide the client to the best outcome. He has a strong instinct for the economics and cost-effectiveness of dispute resolution.
Recent cases include disputes about printing machinery, distribution of mobile telephones, sharing of liabilities between the parties to a failed development joint venture, a claim for breach of a senior employee’s duty of fidelity and a dispute about the sale of textiles with cross allegations of fraud.
James has for many years acted for a substantial freight forwarder and has developed a particular specialism in domestic and international carriage of goods by road including the numerous ambiguities of the CMR.
James Howlett was called to the Bar in 1980.
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.