John James

Commercial Contracts & Litigation Specialist

I took a rather circuitous route to law via a History degree and a short but entertaining stint in recruitment. After landing a paralegal role in 2005 at Ford & Warren Solicitors, I studied part-time at BPP and finally qualified in 2011.

The next five to ten years were spent developing my practice as a litigation specialist, initially acting for insurance companies defending “crash for cash” scams and other fraudulent claims. I went on to specialise in personal injury, acting for both claimants and defendants.

When I joined Legal Studio in 2018, I started working on broader commercial litigation matters as well as maintaining a small personal injury workload. Quickly I became interested in the reasons behind the dispute arising, and how my clients could avoid future problems by improving their commercial foundation. Since then, my practice has evolved into a less contentious, more support-based role, promoting a “prevention is cheaper than the cure” message to all who will listen!

I now work with business of all sizes, from owner/manager SMEs to Fortune 500 companies, charities and community interest companies, helping them with their terms and conditions, supply agreements, client/customer contracts, website terms, privacy policies and any other documents or policies which affect the operation of their business.

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

To me, Legal Studio provides the perfect vehicle through which a lawyer can take proper control of their career, their workload (and work type) and their working hours. The freedom and flexibility its structure provides means I now focus less on hitting arbitrary targets or management tasks, and more on my clients and my work/life balance. I could not recommend the consultant model more highly to any lawyer worried about being pigeon-holed into a particular specialism, suffering burn-out or never seeing their families; it removes all of the background noise and enables you to Enjoy Work again.   

Specialist Areas of Interest

Commercial Litigation


Professional Negligence

Personal Injury

John James Client Testimonials

“Out of misfortune it was good fortune to have you on my side. It was a pleasure to do business with you.”
Personal injury client

John James Client Testimonials

"You have been so helpful and pleasant to work with, I will definitely recommend you to anyone I know with this type of claim.”
Personal injury client

John James Client Testimonials

"Thank you for all your support, you have made the process easy and we are very grateful"
Personal injury client

John James Client Testimonials

I was recommended to use Legal Studio after failing to make any real progress with another very reputable law firm. The contrast was evident very quickly. Establishing clear parameters at the outset with people who quickly got on the same wave-length not only made what could have been a challenging and difficult process one which was logical, commonsensical and extremely efficient. And more importantly, Legal Studio achieved an outcome that was I think very acceptable to all parties.
Commercial Litigation Client