James specialises in cases involving serious injuries and fatal accidents, with an emphasis on international litigation.

James has considerable expertise in claims with a cross-border element. He frequently acts in cases involving jurisdictional issues and complex questions of foreign law. He is particularly experienced in industrial disease litigation and is a general editor of the leading textbook on claims for asbestos-related illness.

James is recognised by the Legal 500 2022 as a “rising star” of the personal injury bar. He is described as having “a brilliantly analytical yet creative legal intellect which he brings to bear in the most legally challenging of claims”, with jurisdictional issues highlighted as “a particular forte of his”.

Personal Injury
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James has expertise in all areas of personal injury litigation. He represents claimants and defendants in cases involving serious injuries and fatal accidents in all contexts, with a focus on cross-border claims. He is particularly experienced in litigating claims brought by injured employees and military personnel. He is recognised by the Legal 500 2022 as a “rising star” of the personal injury bar.

Industrial Disease
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James specialises in claims for all types of industrial disease, with a focus on illness caused by exposure to asbestos and other hazardous substances. He regularly acts in high-value mesothelioma claims raising complex quantum issues. He is a general editor of Sweet & Maxwell’s leading textbook Asbestos: Law & Litigation, and his comparative guide to asbestos product litigation was published in the Journal of Personal Injury Law.

International & Travel
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James has considerable expertise in claims with a cross-border element. He frequently acts in private international law disputes involving jurisdictional issues and complex questions of foreign law. He is experienced in dealing with group litigation arising out of the overseas activities of multinational companies and the state.

James is also a specialist in international travel law. He often represents claimants and defendants in claims under the Package Travel Regulations and the Montreal Convention and Athens Convention. He edits the Accidents Abroad section of market-leading practitioner textbook Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service as well as the International & Travel Law Blog.

James is a robust trial advocate with a particular interest in claims involving allegations of fraud. He has an excellent track record of defeating fraudulent claims at trial. He provides strategic advice at all stages of litigation and is valued by instructing solicitors for his thorough preparation and attention to detail. He has related expertise in securing enforceable costs orders against dishonest litigants, solicitors, and third parties.

Inquests
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James represents bereaved families and other interested parties in all types of inquest, typically arising out of suspected clinical negligence or industrial disease. He is committed to pro bono representation and accepts instructions on this basis where appropriate.

Qualifications & Awards

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


Inner Temple Pegasus Scholarship
Jonathan Brock QC Memorial Essay Prize
Law Faculty Prize for Criminal Justice and Human Rights
Ralph Chiles Award for Comparative Human Rights
Middle Temple Colombos Law Prize
Exeter College Tobias Prize in Law
Times Law Awards, 2nd Prize
Oxford Postgraduate Internship Award
Exeter College Internship Grant
Saint Peter’s College Law Essay Prize

Memberships

Personal Injuries Bar Association

Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers

London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association

Publications

Asbestos: Law & Litigation (Sweet & Maxwell), Harry Steinberg QC, Michael Rawlinson QC and James Beeton

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

Asbestos Products Litigation, Journal of Personal Injury Law (2021, 1, pp. 17-24)