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 and various other topics). He is currently instructed in an appeal to the Privy Council on issues in the law of trusts. James has appeared in the High Court as sole counsel.

James is Professor of the Law of Obligations at the University of Oxford and has published extensively across the full range of commercial law. James’s work is regularly 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 graduated outright first in his year in his undergraduate law degree (which he completed in Australia), for which he was awarded the university medal.

James worked part time 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 on several commercial law appeals.