James became a member of Twenty Essex in September 2019 on successful completion of his pupillage. He is now seeking to establish a broad practice in commercial law.
During pupillage James had exposure to a wide range of work in Chambers’ core practice areas. In particular, he has experience of: shipping; civil fraud; banking and financial services; commodities; energy; enforcement; arbitration; companies.
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. He then undertook the law conversion course at City University, coming eighth in the year.
Alongside his legal studies, James was an enthusiastic mooter and competed in finals (sometimes successfully) before Carr J, Sharp LJ and Lord Mance.
James is interested in developing a practice in sports law. He is currently assisting with the representation of an athlete facing a doping charge.