James joined 7KBW on successful completion of his pupillage in September 2021.
During his pupillage, James gained experience in all of chambers’ main practice areas, including commercial disputes, insurance and reinsurance, shipping and civil fraud. He is currently instructed in claims involving misdelivery of a cargo of oil and an agent’s entitlement to commission on the sale of a super yacht.
Before commencing pupillage, James trained as a solicitor in the London, Edinburgh and Glasgow offices of a commercial law firm. During his training contract, he spent 18 months in the dispute resolution division, gaining exposure to a wide range of commercial and international disputes. In his final seat, James appeared in Court on a weekly basis in hundreds of different small claims.
James studied law at the University of Edinburgh, where he was the second-most distinguished graduate in his year. James was then awarded a distinction in the MPhil in Law at the University of Oxford. James has also published articles and spoken at conferences on a variety of commercial matters.