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James is a specialist practitioner in employment, sports and commercial law. He has particular expertise in discrimination law, business protection disputes and investigations.

Recent work has included:

  • Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited v Jefferies International Limited & ors – led by David Reade QC, James acts for the claimant in an employee competition and conspiracy claim in the financial sector
  • Yorkshire County Cricket Club Investigation – following the widespread coverage of the accounts of Azeem Rafiq and others, James has been appointed as part of a team led by Mohinderpal Sethi QC to investigate allegations of discrimination by YCCC
  • Being led by James Bickford Smith and Tom Montagu-Smith QC in the DIFC courts on an employee competition claim in the medical sector
  • Achieving a high-value settlement for a senior executive at a well-known firm following a discriminatory investigation and demotion, led by James Bickford Smith
  • Singh v Rethink Recruitment Limited & ors – successfully acting for the end user in a complex case involving an agency relationship and wide-ranging allegations of discrimination, in which the Tribunal accepted that the claimant had forged key documents
  • Acting for a Claimant alleging discrimination by a political party because of her gender critical beliefs

Prior to undertaking pupillage at Littleton, James spent a year working at the Court of Appeal as a judicial assistant to the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, working on cases such as R(Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and R v Alexander Blackman.

Before becoming a barrister, James lived in Japan for two years as a Daiwa scholar, funded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, where he studied Japanese and worked as a journalist.


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