James specialises in claims for personal injuries and industrial diseases, with a particular focus on:

  • asbestos-related illness
  • international travel and aviation
  • claims by members of HM Armed Forces
  • defective products
  • human rights abuses and disasters
Personal Injury
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James represents claimants and defendants in all areas of personal injuries litigation, including fatal accidents. He is an experienced trial advocate and is regularly instructed by the major insurers to defend dishonest and exaggerated claims.

He acts in cases involving:

  • road traffic accidents
  • public liability
  • accidents at work
  • hazards on public highways
  • dangerous products
  • injuries by animals

He has a specialist practice representing serving and ex-members of HM Armed Forces in claims for injuries and diseases suffered during their service.

Industrial Disease
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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
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James acts in cases involving accidents abroad and international group litigation arising out of large-scale human rights abuses and disasters. 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 particularly experienced in aviation litigation, including claims arising out of aircraft crashes.

Military
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James has a specialist practice representing serving and ex-members of HM Armed Forces in claims for injuries and diseases suffered during their service at home and abroad. He acts in cases involving:

  • hearing loss and tinnitus caused by exposure to weapons fire
  • freezing and non-freezing cold injuries caused by prolonged exposure to cold conditions
  • accidents on training exercises
  • physical and psychological injuries whilst on deployment

James’ cases often involve historical breaches of duty and cross-border issues arising out of deployment overseas. He is familiar with the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and frequently advises on quantum issues specific to claims for the loss of a military career.

Aviation
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James frequently acts in cases relating to aviation. He is particularly experienced in claims for loss and damage under the Montreal Convention 1999. He acts in cases involving defective parts, aircraft crashes, and regulatory and commercial disputes. He is regularly instructed to pursue or defend claims by:

  • passengers
  • aircrew members
  • airlines
  • airport operators
  • insurers

James’ aviation practice is complemented by his work in international travel claims involving the major tour operators.

Product Liability
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James has a specialist product liability practice involving defects in historical and modern products. He is currently acting in litigation against the producers of asbestos-containing decorative materials popular in the 1970s. He is instructed in contractual disputes involving faulty goods and in claims under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and the Consumer Rights Act 2015. James has particular expertise in defective products claims which raise cross-border issues.

Qualifications & Awards

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

Jonathan Brock QC Memorial Essay Prize
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

Memberships

Personal Injuries Bar Association

Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association

Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers

London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association

Publications

Case report: CXB v North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust [2019] EWHC 2053 (QB) (2019) 181 PILJ

Jurisdiction: Recent developments post-Keefe (2019) 180 PILJ

‘Keefe question’ to go back to the Court of Justice (Alison Cole and Ors v IVI Madrid SL and Anor), (2019) Lexis®PSL Dispute Resolution

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