James specialises in claims for personal injuries and industrial diseases. He is particularly experienced in cases involving asbestos-related illness and accidents abroad.


Personal Injury

James represents claimants and defendants in all areas of personal injuries litigation. He acts in cases involving road traffic accidents, defective premises, accidents at work, hazards on public highways, dangerous products, and injuries by animals. He represents serving and ex-members of HM Armed Forces in claims for injuries and diseases suffered during their service. He is an experienced trial advocate and is regularly instructed by the major insurers to defend dishonest and fraudulent claims.

Industrial Disease

James specialises in claims for diseases caused by exposure to asbestos and other hazardous substances. He is a general editor of Asbestos: Law & Litigation – the first comprehensive guide to asbestos litigation in England and Wales. He is regularly instructed in cases involving low levels of exposure and complex quantum issues. He frequently advises on limitation and practical difficulties associated with pursuing historical cases. He also represents claimants in Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme appeals.

International & Travel

James acts in cases involving accidents abroad and international class actions. He is a contributor to the ‘Accidents Abroad’ chapter of Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service and a general editor of the International & Travel Law Blog. He was instructed by the claimants in Vilca and Others v Xstrata Ltd and by the FCO in the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation. He acts for and against the major tour operators in package travel claims and represents claimants and defendants in cases governed by the international transport conventions. He is also experienced in claims arising out of aircraft crashes.

Qualifications & Awards

BCL (Distinction), Exeter College, University of Oxford
BPTC, City University London
BA Jurisprudence, Saint Peter’s College, University of Oxford

Times Law Awards 2014: 2nd Prize
Law Faculty Prize for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (BCL)
Ralph Chiles Award for Comparative Human Rights (BCL)
Middle Temple Colombos Law Prize
Exeter College Tobias Prize in Law
Oxford Postgraduate Internship Award (UN World Food Programme Legal Office)
Exeter College Internship Grant (Court of Appeal of Hong Kong)
Saint Peter’s College Law Essay Prize


Personal Injuries Bar Association

Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association

Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers

London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association


Harry Steinberg QC, Michael Rawlinson QC and James Beeton, Asbestos: Law & Litigation, 1st Ed. (Sweet & Maxwell, 2019)

Division XVIII: Accidents Abroad, (2018) Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service

Characterisation of obligations for choice of law purposes under Rome I and II (Committeri v Club Med), (2018) Lexis®PSL Dispute Resolution

Rome I – Consumer Contracts (art. 6), (2018) Lexis®PSL Dispute Resolution

Case Report: Wood and Anor v TUI Travel PLC T/A First Choice [2017] EWCA CIV 11 (2017) 154 Personal Injury Law Journal 20