James is a specialist property practitioner.
He is ranked as a leading junior (Band 2) for real estate/property litigation by both Chambers UK and Legal 500. At Tanfield, he is the highest ranked junior in Chambers UK 2019 and, with one other, the highest ranked junior in Legal 500 2018.
"Unflustered and technically unrivalled - he's an unsung hero." "Responsive, pragmatic and knowledgeable in respect of both commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters." Chambers UK 2019
"The quality of his work is exceptionally high; he is fantastic on his feet, great on paper and brilliant with his clients." Chambers UK 2018
‘Very knowledgeable.’ Legal 500 2018
He was barrister of the year at the 2017 Leasehold Enfranchisement and Right to Manage Awards.
He is co-author of Commercial Property Litigation (LexisNexis), the third edition of which was published in 2017.
He has represented clients in a number of reported cases that are of significance in his field of specialism. These include cases in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber).
As well as appearing in the courts, James provides advice to a wide range of clients including providing advice on how to structure both the physical aspects and legal ownership of developments so as to militate the difficulties that are inherent in the ownership and management of mixed-use properties.