James is a Senior Associate in Clarke Willmott’s Bristol commercial litigation team. He advises across a range of commercial disputes including professional negligence (against solicitors, surveyors and insurance brokers), breach of contract, shareholder disputes (including s.994 unfair prejudice claims), intellectual property, debt recovery, harassment, claims relating to GDPR (including breach of privacy and misuse of private information), and breach of confidence claims.
James joined Clarke Willmott in 2013 as a paralegal and trained with the firm before qualifying in 2016. Previously, he completed an undergraduate degree in History at the University of Manchester and then attended the University of Law where he obtained his GDL and LPC.
James has obtained his Higher Rights of Audience and, as a Solicitor Advocate, is able to appear before all levels of the court system when required.
Outside of work, he is a keen rugby player and plays regularly for a local club.
How James can help you
James advises clients across a range of sectors on all areas of dispute resolution, including court proceedings, mediation and arbitration.
He regularly helps clients achieve good commercial outcomes, whether they are instructing him as a claimant or a defendant.
- Currently instructed in several multi-million pound professional negligence claims brought by peer-to-peer and private lenders against surveyors.
- Successfully mediated a multi-million pound professional negligence claim for a private lender against a firm of valuers.
- Regularly advising and undertaking advocacy for a large, national energy supplier on debt recovery and breach of contract claims (both as claimant and defendant).
- Advised two professional cricket counties in respect of separate breach of contract disputes.
- Acting for a large, national ATE insurer across a range of matters regarding the interpretation of its policy.
- Regularly acts for recruitment agencies, advising on various matters relating to the recovery of referral and introduction fees.
- Acted for a major UK bank in an 8-day High Court trial against a firm of project monitoring surveyors.