James is a specialist in claims for personal injuries and industrial diseases. He has expertise in accidents abroad, sexual abuse, and international group litigation relating to human rights abuses and disasters. James is a general editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s “Asbestos: Law & Litigation”.

Personal Injury

James represents claimants and defendants in all areas of personal injury litigation. He acts in cases involving serious injuries or fatal accidents.

He is instructed in relation to accidents at work, public liability, road traffic accidents, and injuries by animals. He has particular expertise in injury claims by serving and ex-members of HM Armed Forces.

James also acts in cases involving dangerous products, with a focus on cases which raise cross-border issues. He is currently acting in litigation against the producers of asbestos-containing decorative materials popular in the 1970s

Industrial Disease

James specialises in claims for diseases caused by exposure to asbestos and other hazardous substances. He is a general editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s Asbestos: Law & Litigation – the leading textbook on asbestos litigation in England and Wales.

James is generally instructed in mesothelioma claims involving low levels of exposure and complex quantum issues. He advises on limitation and practical difficulties associated with pursuing historical cases. He is experienced in Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme appeals to the First-tier Tribunal.

He also regularly acts in claims for other industrial diseases, including noise-induced hearing loss and hand-arm vibration syndrome. He is representing a number of members of HM Armed Forces in claims for injuries arising out of prolonged exposure to cold conditions.

International & Travel

James acts in cases involving accidents abroad and group litigation relating to large-scale human rights abuses and disasters. He has expertise in cases involving foreign law and jurisdictional issues. 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.

James acts for and against the major tour operators in package travel claims and has expertise in disputes relating to foreign safety standards. He is particularly experienced in litigation relating to aviation and carriage by sea. He acts for passengers, crew members, carriers, and airlines in contractual disputes and claims under the Montreal Convention and Athens Convention. His aviation practice is focused on claims for personal injuries and death arising out of aircraft crashes.

James enjoys working on large-scale litigation as part of a team. He has been instructed in a number of group actions relating to injuries, deaths, and environmental damage abroad; recent examples include Vilca and Ors v Xstrata Ltd and the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation.

James is experienced in civil claims arising out of sexual and physical abuse. He accepts instructions in claims against a range of defendants, including schools, children’s homes, religious institutions, public authorities, and employers.

He advises on all aspects of abuse work, including limitation, consent, vicarious liability, non-delegable duties, human rights, causation, and quantum.

James also acts in Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority appeals on eligibility and quantum relating to abuse and other criminal injuries in the First-tier Tribunal.

Clinical Negligence

James acts predominantly for claimants in clinical negligence disputes involving all types of medical professionals. He is experienced in the full range of breach of duty issues that arise, including failures of informed consent, delayed diagnosis, and negligent treatment. He frequently advises on complex issues of causation and quantum.


James represents 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 caused by exposure to weapons fire, injuries caused by exposure to cold conditions, and other physical and psychiatric injuries suffered during training or on deployment.

James is often instructed in cases involving 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.


James represents bereaved families and other interested parties in all types of inquest, typically arising out of suspected industrial disease, clinical negligence, or road traffic accidents. He will usually act in civil proceedings following the conclusion of the inquest.

Qualifications & Awards

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

Inner Temple Pegasus Scholarship
Jonathan Brock QC Memorial Essay Prize
Times Law Awards: 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

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

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

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