James joined Tanfield in May 2017 on successful completion of his pupillage, during the course of which he was supervised by Christopher Heather QC, Daniel Dovar, Mark Loveday and Martina Murphy. He accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular focus on property law.
James regularly appears in the County Court, acting in trials on all three tracks. In May 2017 he represented the daughter of a property developer in a multi-track money claim worth £800,000, brought by a lender against both father and daughter in respect of the father’s business loans, which involved undue influence and the lender’s constructive notice, and unfair relationships under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 ss.140A-140C.
James enjoys a busy landlord and tenant practice, acting for both landlords and tenants in possession, dilapidations, service charges and forfeiture claims. He also has experience in insolvency work, including applications to set aside statutory demands and to annul bankruptcy orders.
James’s advisory practice is diverse, and he has recently advised: solicitors on limitation periods in a potential professional negligence claim arising from an aged conveyancing mistake; a large food and drinks distributor on penalty clauses in exclusive distributor agreements; and several sets of neighbours in various boundary disputes.
Prior to coming to the Bar, James studied law as an undergraduate at St. Anne’s College, the University of Oxford, where he was awarded both the Ely-Carter Scholarship (twice) and the Ruth Deech Prize. He is a member of Lincoln’s Inn, and received the Hardwicke Entrance Award on joining.
James fancies himself a film buff, and loves a good museum. He unwinds by playing strategy games, or by taking a stroll along the Thames.