James Davin LLB (Hons) LLM (2009 Bar Equivalent Rights)

Solicitor: 2007; Solicitor-Advocate: 2009 (All Proceedings); Barrister: 2019; Civil & Commercial Mediator


James has experience and expertise well beyond his year of Call. James already had over 20 years of continuous legal experience before being Called to the Bar, including over 12 years of advocacy and litigation experience as a solicitor. He is the former Principal and owner of his own Solicitor’s firm that amongst other things specialised in dispute resolution and litigation. He therefore has extensive experience of preparing cases for litigation, not just as an advocate, but as a litigator and the first point of contact for clients.
Over the years, he has assisted many clients through every stage of the
dispute resolution process. He fully understands the needs and demands that litigants in person face. He also understands the wider implications of a course of action, including post-dispute relationships, and the need to protect a client’s cost position.

In 2009, James earned the Law Society’s Higher Rights of Audience (All Proceedings) qualification. This authorised him to perform the same role as a Barrister, and in the same courts, but with a different job title ("Solicitor-Advocate”). Since then, James has conducted countless trials and hearings at various courts, including the Crown Court and the High Court, and beyond. In real terms, he has exercised Bar equivalent rights for over 12 years. James never loses sight of the fact that the legal process can be a terrifying experience, with lives on hold and seemingly endless uncertainty. James understands the hidden costs of disputes. He aims to bring a successful closure to disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner. He provides direct, expert advice that you can rely on.


James is a fully accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator, and specialises in cases relating to property, wills, trusts, probate, and businesses. There is usually scope to achieve some form of settlement in such cases, thereby saving significant time and costs.

If it all possible, James can assist parties to avoid lengthy and costly legal battles by helping them to arrive at a settlement that they can live with, so that they can move on with their lives. It is important to note that the court also expects that mediation has at least been attempted. It has the power to financially penalise a party for failing to engage in the process without good reason.

James's background and unique approach can add real value to the mediation process. To compliment the services that he offers, James is also in the process of qualifying as an Arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitration.

  • 20 years of continuous legal experience, assisting clients at every stage of the litigation process, not limited to attending court hearings. Many appreciate the added value that this more "client focused", holistic, well rounded experience can bring to resolving disputes.

• A focus on "the bigger picture”. This involves a careful assessment of what will be achieved by winning, and what it will cost to achieve that win. The emotional and financial costs of failing to "choose battles" carefully in the context of civil litigation can be devastating. He can provide a much-needed independent perspective on how to progress matters. 
 • Specialist expertise and experience that is balanced by a grounded, "down to earth" approach that puts parties at their ease and facilitates negotiations  

James has nationwide practice. He provides a pragmatic, client focused, service that is designed to separate the participants in the mediation process from their problems. His aim is to move participants away from entrenched positions and towards a consideration of their interests and what really matters to them. 

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