James Goudkamp practises in all areas of commercial law, although his principal interests are civil fraud, insurance law, and professional negligence. He has appeared in several complex, high-value cases in the Commercial Court in these fields. However, James’s practice spans the full range of commercial law and, for example, he recently appeared before the Privy Council in an appeal raising issues in the law of trusts and joint bank accounts. Alongside litigation, James has experience in arbitration in insurance and shipping matters, and his practice also involves a significant advisory element.

In addition to his practice at the Bar, James is Professor of the Law of Obligations at the University of Oxford, and he has published extensively across many topics in commercial law. James’s work is regularly cited by judges throughout the common-law world including at the ultimate appellate level (a recent illustration is Darney v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2018] UKSC 50; [2018] 3 WLR 1153 at [23]), and James is widely regarded as a leading expert on (in particular) tort law. Internationally recognised for his work regarding tort law, James serves as an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of Torts, and his writings in tort law address myriad topics including the duty and standard of care in negligence, the illegality defence, the law of contributory negligence, and the law of damages.

James’s numerous qualifications are at the highest level. They include two master’s degrees and a doctoral degree, which he completed as a Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College). He was awarded the University Medal in Law for placing first in his year in his undergraduate studies, which he completed in Australia. 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. James is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

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