James’s practice comprises all areas of private family law.
Called to the Bar in 2015, James undertook pupillage with 1 Hare Court under the supervision of Michael Bradley, Rachel Spicer, and Nicholas Wilkinson. During pupillage James was involved in a number of complex, high-value financial remedy cases, as well as more niche jurisdictional disputes.
James represents clients in financial remedy matters, private law children disputes, cohabitation disputes, and proceedings under the Family Law Act. Recently, James has acted in a Part III claim in the High Court and an appeal in a claim under Schedule 1 to the Children Act. He has also been led in the Court of Appeal in a matter concerning the jurisdiction of the Child Maintenance Service.
James undertakes a significant amount of advisory and written work on topics as varied as enforcement of financial orders, formal pleadings in ToLATA claims, and the application of the EU Maintenance Regulation.
As a published author on the topic, he is well-placed to act in cases involving issues of trusts law, such as claims under ToLATA. Similarly, James was employed by University College London as a Teaching Fellow in contract law and tax law; the transferrable knowledge from which complements his practice immeasurably.
“Variation of nuptial settlements in financial remedies: Part I: Identifying a nuptial settlement”  Fam Law 978
“An ever-reducing core? Challenging the legal validity of offshore trusts” (2015) Trusts & Trustees (OUP) 21(5) 476
Contributor to Rayden & Jackson on Divorce and Family Matters (2016, Butterworths), 19th edition.
- Middle Temple (Major Scholar)
- UCL Centre for Access to Justice
- Bar Professional Training Course, Nottingham Law School (Middle Temple Scholar, Blackstone Entrance Exhibitor, St Mary’s Family Law prizewinner).
- Master of Commercial Law LLM, University College London.
- Law LLB (Hons.), University of Bristol.
Outside of work, James enjoys freestyle skiing and attempting to cook.