John James

John.James@legalstudio.co.uk

Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury & Licensing Specialist

 

Growing up with a solicitor father meant I was indoctrinated into the law from an early age. Dispute resolution was the area of work which I enjoyed the most during my training, and I was fortunate to qualify into a particularly interesting area of litigation (fraud) in March 2011.

Prior to joining Legal Studio I worked at Ford & Warren, Oakwood and Levi Solicitors.  I have acted on behalf of a range of clients, from individuals to global corporations, in cases spanning small claims to High Court proceedings. My experience acting for both claimants and defendants gives me insight into the most productive and cost-effective methods of resolving disputes. I have been involved in several high value commercial claims, including the dismissal of a founder member of a global company and the complex litigation which followed.  I also represented clients in high-value personal injury and clinical negligence cases, including brain injuries, cancer misdiagnosis, deaths in care and other traumatic events.

Whilst acting for insurer clients, I uncovered several "crash for cash" fraud rings in various locations in the UK, as well as successfully defending fraudulent claims brought against insurance companies.

Having acted for several years for one of the largest pub and restaurant chains in the country I am also happy to accept instructions in licensing and regulatory matters.  

Whilst private practice traditionally offered a secure career path for a solicitor, economic and legal changes in the last decade has made natural progression far less certain.  Legal Studio offered me the opportunity to be much more expansive in the type of work I take on.  The consultancy model enables me to focus on a broader range of legal issues, which creates greater diversity in my caseload and thus more interest!  In effect, I have "taken back control" of my career; I am able to handle areas of law which genuinely interest me, which motivate me and in which I am able to do a great job for clients.  

There is also greater incentive to help out fellow consultants; the “hive” mentality creates the atmosphere of collective responsibility.  We succeed and fail together, on a far less prosaic basis than in private practice.

Away from the office, I’m a long-suffering Stoke City fan and cricket enthusiast.  I travel abroad regularly, usually incorporating a sport or music event into the trip (if I can persuade my wife!)

Specialist Areas of Interest

Commercial Litigation

Licensing

Professional Negligence

Personal Injury