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Prior to joining the Bar James was a solicitor at City firm Ince & Co for over six years, specializing in heavyweight personal injury cases for defendants. He now specialises in personal injury and police law. He is also an accredited mediator (SPC).

James practises general civil law, including contractual disputes, licensing and housing. He has conducted a number of inquests as a result of his personal injury and police law practise. He frequently undertakes credit hire work, and has sat as a mediator on a vast variety of disputes.

James’ personal injury experience includes serious road traffic accidents (often acting for motor manufacturers),employers’ and occupiers’ liability and fatal accident claims. He has been involved in advising on criminal prosecutions arising from accidents and has developed a particular expertise in defending fraudulent and exaggerated claims, in which he advises from an early stage.

James has also been extensively involved in litigation arising from maritime and offshore accidents, including catastrophic and fatal accidents occurring on board vessels and offshore installations. In addition, he has handled claims for the aviation market which often involved multiple loss of life. He frequently has had to deal with issues of jurisdiction and conflict of laws.

James undertakes a wide range of civil work on behalf of the police and various Local Authorities, including Judicial Review, Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, Closure Orders, Proceeds of Crime, Sexual Offences Prevention Orders, Risk of Sexual Harm Orders and Foreign Travel Orders (having undertaken a significant number of these rare applications). He also defends the police against allegations of misconduct and undertakes disciplinary
work.

The remainder of James’ work includes inquests (he has been instructed in numerous inquests, with and without juries, some of which have run for a number of weeks), general civil, contract, injunctions and work arising from property.

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