James Goudkamp practises in all areas of commercial law, although his principal interests are insurance law, civil fraud, professional negligence and procedure. James has appeared in the High Court as sole counsel.

By way of illustration of James’s 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 and many other topics). He is currently instructed in an appeal to the Privy Council on issues in the law of trusts.

James combines practice with his role as an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Oxford. James has taught law for over a decade, focusing on foundational private law subjects (tort and contract) as well as remedies and procedure. He has published extensively across the full range of commercial law and is the author of numerous books. James’s work is regularly cited with approval 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 graduated outright first in his year in his undergraduate law degree, for which he was awarded the university medal.

James acquired significant experience as a solicitor in Australia before being called to the English bar. James’s experience in this regard means that he has a good understanding of the needs of professional clients.

In 2005–2006, James was 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. During his judicial assistantship, James worked principally on commercial law appeals.