James specialises in cross-border personal injury claims, travel law and industrial disease litigation.

James acts for both claimants and defendants and regularly undertakes work on a CFA basis.

International & Travel
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James specialises in cross-border personal injury claims. He regularly advises on and acts in cases raising jurisdictional and choice of law issues, including direct claims against foreign insurers. He is a co-editor of the International & Travel Law Blog.

James is currently instructed by the claimant (led by William Audland QC) in a case involving a catastrophic skiing accident in Norway.

James frequently acts for and against the major tour operators in claims under the Package Travel Regulations. He has been published in respect of holiday sickness claims in the Personal Injury Law Journal. He is also familiar with claims under the Montreal and Athens Conventions.

James is experienced in international group litigation and enjoys working as part of a team. He was previously instructed on behalf of a group of Peruvian miners and members of their community in a case involving allegations of unlawful detention and assault by a mining company.

He has also been instructed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation – a group of claims brought by 40,000 Kenyans involving serious allegations of abuse and mistreatment during the Mau Mau insurgency in the 1950s.

Industrial Disease
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James is experienced in claims for mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease, including appeals under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.

He is currently instructed by the claimant (led by Harry Steinberg QC) in a fatal mesothelioma case against the deceased’s former employers.

James is also frequently instructed in claims arising out of occupational exposure to noise, mechanical vibrations and other hazardous substances (including platinum and plastic dust) in a variety of industries. He is well-versed in the limitation issues that may arise in these claims.

Public Authority Liability
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James regularly acts for and against public authorities in a variety of areas. He was awarded the top prizes in both human rights modules on Oxford University’s BCL course and remains particularly interested in claims raising human rights issues.

James recently successfully represented a local authority in strike-out proceedings in the High Court relating to a claim for false imprisonment and breach of art. 8 ECHR brought by a former employee.

He also successfully represented a local authority in strike-out proceedings in a claim for misfeasance in public office and trespass based on the actions of police officers and care workers while taking the claimant’s child into care.

James was instructed by the MOJ in a claim by a prisoner in respect of severe injuries that he had suffered when attempting suicide in custody. He was also instructed by the MOJ in proceedings to obtain injunctions on behalf of a number of judges against a member of the public under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (Foskett & Others v Ezeugo [2017] EWHC 2292 (QB)).

James frequently acts for and against local authorities in personal injury claims under the Highways Act. He has also represented police and ambulance drivers in cases involving road traffic accidents in the course of emergency responses and NHS Trusts in claims involving assaults carried out by mental health patients.

Personal Injury
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James has considerable experience of all areas of personal injury law, including road traffic accidents (and claims against the MIB), employer’s liability, occupier’s liability, defective premises, trespass against the person, and claims under the Animals Act.

James regularly acts both for and against employers, manufacturers and public authorities at trial. He recently successfully defended the occupiers of London’s O2 Arena at trial in a claim for personal injuries suffered by an audience member during a concert.

Aviation
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James is frequently instructed in claims for personal injuries arising out of aviation activities, including aircraft crashes.

He is currently instructed by the defendant in relation to a claim by a passenger injured in the crash of a Reims Cessna F172P Skyhawk aircraft.

James is also instructed by the defendant in an occupier’s liability claim against an airport and was previously instructed by a helicopter firm in a claim for occupational hearing loss brought by a former employee.

James also accepts instructions in delayed flight claims, denied boarding claims and associated recovery actions.

Product Liability
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James is experienced in all types of product liability claims, particularly those relating to consumer products and industrial disease.

Inquests
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James has experience of representing interested parties in the Coroner’s court and acts in all types of inquest.

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

Memberships

Personal Injuries Bar Association

Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association

Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers

Publications

‘Case Report: Wood and Anor v TUI Travel PLC T/A First Choice [2017] EWCA CIV 11’ (2017) 154 Personal Injury Law Journal 20