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

As well as working as a barrister, James is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Oxford. He has taught law for over a decade, focusing on foundational private law subjects (tort and contract) as well as remedies and civil procedure. James has published extensively across the full range of commercial law and is the author of numerous books. James’s work is regularly cited by judges with approval in multiple jurisdictions, including by judges sitting in the ultimate appellate courts. James is widely regarded as one of the leading experts on (in particular) tort law in the United Kingdom.

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

James is authorised to undertake Public Access work.