James is known for his vast experience in the field of civil and commercial litigation. This, coupled with an ability to think pragmatically about any legal problem he is faced with, means he can quickly get to the heart of the legal matter for his clients. He trained at Lee & Priestley Solicitors, a well-known Leeds based regional firm before qualification, when he then moved to a high-street startup with a national presence in the area of High Court Enforcement. In 2005 he moved to Ison Harrison Solicitors, another well-known regional law firm, working in general litigation. His remit covered commercial contract disputes, intellectual property disputes, property disputes, contested debt recovery, breach of data protection cases and employment law work.
In 2011, James moved to DWF LLP at the start of its meteoric climb from a well-established North West Regional firm to an international law firm. Whilst dealing with complex litigation services, he co-managed a team of 45 paralegals. As the only qualified solicitor within the department, James helped to increase turnover within his team from c. £1m in 2011 to £3m. In 2013 he was promoted to Associate and in 2014 he became a Director.
In 2013 he became the High Court Enforcement Officers Associations' independent Solicitor for their Complaints Board; a Board regulated by the Lord Chancellor under the guidance of an appointed Master within the Royal Courts of Justice.
In 2016 he became a committee member of the Law Society's National Civil Litigation Committee and in October 2019, after two years serving as Vice-Chair, he became Chair of the Committee (a position he holds to this day) responsible for guiding litigators within his profession by providing them with updates on legal developments and training. On occasion he also provides input to the Civil Justice Council regarding policy matters. James has also been a member of the MOJ's professional engagement group for online Court reforms and has chaired national conferences at the Law Society's headquarters at Chancery Lane in London. He is also closely connected to the Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) where he has presented at national law conferences on how to keep a business's legal spend to a minimum.
James is well respected within his field of expertise having been named a Leading Lawyer in the Legal 500's legal directory for a number of years. His team was also awarded Tier 1 status in the field of debt recovery and the directory recommends him as a "commercially astute" lawyer dealing with "complex litigation".
He has also been described as “approachable, empathetic and will do everything he can to fight for a fair result. James is steadfast in his determination to help and his approach is impressive."
In his spare time James enjoys looking after and spending quality time with his family, helping his children develop their love of football and music.
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