James Goudkamp practises in all areas of commercial law, although his principal interests are insurance law, civil fraud, professional negligence and procedure. By way of illustration of recent work, James has appeared in several complex, high-value cases in the Commercial Court raising issues of civil fraud, coverage and procedure (freezing orders, privilege, bifurcated trials, preliminary issues, amendment of pleadings and various other topics). He recently appeared before the Privy Council in an appeal raising issues in the law of trusts.

James is Professor of the Law of Obligations at the University of Oxford and has published extensively across a wide range of topics in commercial law. James’s work has been cited by judges in several countries and James is widely regarded as one of the leading experts on (in particular) tort law in England.

James holds multiple degrees, including a doctorate, which he completed at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College).

James was (in 2005–2006) a judicial assistant to the Hon Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG, who was then a Justice of the High Court of Australia, which is Australia’s ultimate appellate and constitutional court.