James is a leading commercial barrister, with a practice encompassing all areas of commercial litigation. His areas of specialism include conflict of laws, energy and natural resources, product liability, banking and finance, international trade, and confidentiality and privilege. He has a particularly prominent reputation in the areas of professional negligence, insurance and reinsurance, and commercial arbitration (often with an international element). He has wide experience of advising and acting as an advocate in relation to all manner of contractual and tortious disputes. He has frequently been involved in substantial pieces of litigation and is familiar with the particular demands of large-scale court and arbitration proceedings.
Called 1999. Silk 2018
Co-author of the chapter on Accountants and Auditors in Professional Negligence and Liability (ed. M.Simpson).
Stranger than Fiction (The Lawyer, 28 June 2013) – a discussion of the hold harmless principle in insurance and its connection with damages for late payment of a claim under an insurance policy.
James was educated at Cranleigh School and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he read History. He lives in Wimbledon with his wife and daughter. He speaks French and some Japanese.