James is an employment law specialist experienced supporting organisations in both the UK and New Zealand with workforce change, employee relations and disputes, and the employment issues arising out of commercial transactions.

James has been consistently recommended in the Legal 500 and has been described in various editions as a "clear thinking adviser" providing "great customer service" and as having a "vast knowledge of employment law".

He advises a range of clients in various industries with domestic and international footprints, having a particular interest in the technology, media and retail sectors.

James is regularly instructed on multi-jurisdictional projects and business transformations, complex reorganisations and the implementation of global policies. He is also an approachable and responsive advocate when dealing with disputes, grievances and claims, focused on delivering practical and commercial solutions.

Admission date: 1998


James has advised: 

  • a national institution on a High Court data protection claim concerning the handling of employment references for an individual in respect of which child abuse and safeguarding concerns were raised.
  • a finance house on high value claims of sexual harassment against its chairman.
  • on the employment law aspects of the merger of the business of two sister companies within a major publishing and education services group.
  • an international software company on the development and implementation of global ethical standards and policies for its personnel.
  • on injunction proceedings against a group of employees planning a team move.
  • a major ‘gig economy’ service provider on its terms and conditions for contractors against the backdrop of an employment status claim.



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