James is building a broad practice in commercial law, with a particular emphasis on shipping, international trade and finance, banking and civil fraud.
He is frequently instructed in both court and arbitral proceedings (in the latter case, particularly in shipping matters). James is equally happy acting as sole advocate or as part of a counsel team.
In his first year of practice, James spent six months on secondment with a leading civil fraud boutique in the City. While on secondment he worked on a wide range of High Court actions, including successful applications to continue a derivative claim and for a freezing injunction against a fraudster-employee.
He has conducted oral advocacy in both the High Court and a wide range of County Courts.
Prior to joining Twenty Essex, James read for undergraduate and masters degrees in English Literature at Keble College, Oxford, obtaining a series of scholarships and prizes.