James joined Chambers in October 2020, following the successful completion of his pupillage. He is developing a broad commercial and civil practice both domestically and in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

Before joining chambers, James worked as a trainee in Trinidad and Tobago at JD Sellier & Co and practised as an associate attorney at Hastings Attorneys-at-law in Barbados. He was also a judicial assistant to Lady Justice Asplin DBE in the Court of Appeal. In that role, he worked on appeals covering topics such as breach of trust, secret commissions, cartel damages, private international law, pensions, vicarious liability, contractual rescission and human rights.

Expertise

James has worked on commercial, insolvency and company disputes domestically and overseas, including:

  • A £250 million claim by liquidators against former administrators alleging London property sold at an undervalue (assisting Simon Davenport QC and Tom Poole, as a pupil).
  • An application for an urgent injunction in support of a £27 million claim alleging breach of trust and dishonest assistance (assisting Aidan Casey QC and Tom Poole, as a pupil).
  • An ICC arbitration concerning the enforceability of guarantees issued in relation to a US$200 million infrastructure project in the Caribbean (as an attorney-at-law).
  • Claims for breach of directors’ duties, oppression (unfair prejudice) and wrongful dismissal (as a trainee).

James also has experience of employment disputes both domestically and in Trinidad and Tobago. As a pupil and trainee, he worked on claims concerning breach of contract (wrongful dismissal and breach of restrictive covenants) and unfair dismissal. He was also a contributor to the Oxford Pro Bono Publico’s comparative report on the employment status of Uber drivers.

James has knowledge of commercial judicial reviews from his time working in the Caribbean. While at Hastings Attorneys-at-Law, he worked on:

  • A judicial review concerning a moratorium imposed on the construction of petrochemical storage facilities in Barbados.
  • A judicial review concerning planning permission for the construction of a development valued at US$175 million.

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