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James is an associate in the Dispute Resolution Department at Hamlins LLP.

James qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and is recommended in the Legal 500 2017 and 2018 for his commercial litigation work. He is also an ADR Group Accredited Mediator.

James undertakes a variety of work assisting both businesses and individuals in resolving their disputes. His experience includes dealing with contractual disputes, professional and other negligence claims, debt recovery (including where there is an international element), company director/shareholder disputes and complex judicial reviews.

He takes a pragmatic and commercial approach to solving clients’ problems and always robustly defends his clients’ interests, be it through alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or if necessary, through the court process.

Prior to joining Hamlins, James studied law at and graduated from King’s College London and subsequently trained and qualified as a solicitor at a south-west regional firm before working at a prominent media firm in the West-End of London.

Outside of work James enjoys skiing and is an avid fan of music festivals.

James 's Expertise

Recommendations

James is recommended in the Legal 500 2017 and 2018 for his commercial litigation work. He is recognised for his work on cross border contractual disputes and described as a lawyer with ‘a wise head on young shoulders’ and praised for his ‘very sound judgement’.

Legal 500 2017 and 2018

Work Highlights

    James has assisted on a number of reported cases including:

    • Chris Williamson MP v Jennie Formby (on behalf of The Labour Party) [2019] – acting for The Labour Party against Chris Williamson MP, a former MP and shadow minister, applied for declarations upholding a decision of the Disputes Panel of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) that he should be readmitted to the Labour Party, and that his suspensions from the Labour Party and the referral of his case to Labour’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC) were unlawful.
    • R (on the application of Derry) (Respondent) v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Appellant) [2019] UKSC 19 – acting for the Respondent in relation to HMRC’s appeal to the Supreme Court regarding the correct deduction of loss relief in a self-assessment tax form.
    • R (on the application of Cartref Care Homes) v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs [2019] – acting for the Claimants in a judicial review of HMRC’s decision to retrospectively create a “loan charge” which works by adding together all of a tax payer’s outstanding loans and taxing them as income in one year. The case is now being heard by the Court of Appeal.

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