James acts for claimants and defendants across the full range of personal injury work, though specialises in complex and high value catastrophic injury cases, particularly those relating to brain injuries.
James is happy to accept instructions in both non-fatal and fatal accidents arising from road traffic accidents (especially claims involving cyclists, the MIB and/or LVI), accidents at work, occupiers’ liability and highways claims.
Alongside being available to advise formerly in respect of liability and quantum, draft pleadings and schedules, James prides himself on being at the end of the telephone for any of his instructing solicitors who would like to informerly discuss issues they are concerned about, or to seek a second opinion.
Notable Personal Injury cases
Richards v TUI UK Ltd (ongoing)
Junior to Andrew Ritchie QC, representing 85 claimants made up of the families of those murdered and injured at the Hotel RUI Imperial Marhaba in Tunisia in 2015 as a result of the a terrorist attack by an ISIS militant
XYZ v The Football Association, Rugby Football Union (all home nations) and others (ongoing)
A proposed class action suit representing various household name sports stars from professional football, rugby union and rugby league who allege that due to failures of their sports’ governing bodies to take appropriate medical action they suffered long term dementia type injuries.
Croydon Tram disaster (ongoing)
Junior to Andrew Ritchie QC, representing families of 5 of the 7 persons killed when a tram derailed at the Sandilands Junction, Croydon in 2016 .
Naran (deceased) and Soni v Highways England and others (ongoing)
Representing the Claimants in a fatal accident case where 8 year old Dev Naran was killed after a lorry struck his vehicle, which had stopped on a smart motorway. The case has received national press attention forcing Highways England to admit that smart motorways are not safe as previously reported.
Horncastle v Felixstowe Docks (2019)
Successfully represented Felixstowe by proving fundamental dishonesty against a claimant who hid the true picture of his loss of earnings post-accident. The case is unusual as, on James’ advice, it was one of the first to take the tactical approach of pleading a counterclaim of deceit allowing the Defendant to be awarded damages.