“Thanks for arranging Jim to cover the hearing yesterday. He was brilliant.”

Biography

Jim practices across all of Chambers’ main practice areas with a focus on civil and family law.

Jim deals with a wide range of civil cases, acting for claimants and defendants in the county courts and High Court. He has experience of contractual disputes and debt collection matters; property cases and personal injury cases. His family practice is also broad, taking in care proceedings, private children disputes and applications for injunctive relief where there are allegations of domestic violence. He is keen to accept instructions in Court of Protection cases relating to health and welfare decisions, deprivation of liberty orders and forced marriage protection orders. Jim has successfully represented children who were appealing the decision to exclude them from their school under the Education Act 2002.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Jim represented clients in the County Court in a variety of civil matters, and was also a Visiting Law Lecturer at the University of Westminster where he taught first year degree students. Jim is hardworking, thorough and adept at explaining complex law in straightforward terms. This is reflected in comments from solicitors such as "a huge thank you for everything you have done on this case which went far and beyond".

Jim is very interested in property law, and welcomes instructions in this area. He acts for landlords and tenants in s8 and s21 possession claims. He has experience of Homelessness Appeals for individuals and local authorities. He is regularly instructed in homelessness appeals under section 204 Housing Act 1996. He recently helped a client to successfully reduce their debt liability by more than 50% in a claim brought pursuant to a commercial leasehold agreement.

Jim is well placed both to represent companies and to act against them. He regularly represents clients in the County Courts and his work covers breach of contract, debt recovery, sale of goods, supply of services and advising on contractual interpretation. Jim also has experience of enforcement, having acted in bankruptcy and charging order applications prior to pupillage. 

Jim is frequently instructed in personal injury claims for defendants and claimants. He represents clients in trials, interim hearings and CCMCs. He has a lot of experience of stage 3 hearings, and also acts in credit hire cases. He also has experience of drafting quantum advices relating to claims under the Highway Act 1980. He is well versed with considering medical evidence and the principles that apply to PI matters.

In care cases, Jim accepts instructions from local authorities, parents, wider relatives (including prospective guardians) and children who are involved in care proceedings. He has experience of dealing with a range of abuse allegations, including assisting on a two-week fact finding hearing which involved catastrophic injury to a child consistent with shaking. He also has experience of forced marriage protection cases which is an area he is particularly interested in building upon.

Jim also acts in private law applications representing clients in applications relating to arrangements for children under the Children Act 1989. He advises on residence, contact and other orders including, for example, orders relating to passports. Jim has experience of all types of hearings, including fact finding hearings and multi-day final hearings. He is able to quickly appreciate the key issues and works closely with solicitors to ensure that cases are well prepared.

Jim is willing to act in financial remedy applications. He recognises the benefit to clients of having continuity of representation in determining both children and financial remedy matters.

Jim frequently acts for clients affected by domestic violence who are seeking a non-molestation or/and occupation order under the Family Law Act 1996. His experience of dealing with the criminal aspects of domestic violence in the magistrates’ court makes him particularly well suited to advise in this area. 

To instruct Jim in civil cases please contact Greg Piner

To instruct Jim in family cases please contact Jay Dorton or Stephen Bush

Education

  • 2017 - 2018 University of Law, BPTC: Very Competent (called to the Bar July 2018)
  • 2016 - 2017 University College London, LLM Public Law: Merit (67% average)
  • 2011 - 2015 University of Westminster, LLB European Legal Studies: First Class Honours
  • 2013 - 2014 Erasmus, Free University of Berlin: First Class Equivalent (Averaged ECTS Grade A)

Memberships

  • PIBA
  • Court of Protection Bar Association
  • The Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel

Prizes

  • University of Law, Performance Award for top mark in the Judicial Review Module (98%) (2018)
  • University of Law, Master of Moots Advocacy Scholarship (2017)
  • Lincoln’s Inn, Hardwicke Entrance Award (2017)
  • Mistress of the Shield’s Award for exhibiting exceptional self-development, teamwork and professionalism, London Universities Mooting Shield (2012 - 2013);
  • Winner, Westminster Stone Chambers Mooting Competition (2012 - 2013).
  • Finalist, Inner Temple IV (2018); Lincoln’s Inn Debating Shield (2017); New College of Humanities Debating Open (2015); Tilbury House Debating IV (2014)

Languages

  • German

Notable Cases

A v Z (2021): Instructed by a local authority who sought a Deprivation of Liberty Order. The case related to a young person who had run away from her care home and suffered significant harm after becoming involved with suspected members of a County Lines network. The Deprivation of Liberty Order was granted under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court.

B v Y (2021): instructed to act on behalf of a local authority who sought an Emergency Protection Order. The case related to children who had been exposed to prolonged neglect. The order was granted. 

A v B (2020): Successfully represented a Defendant to set aside default judgment that had been obtained by a major telecommunications company. In addition to the judgment being set aside, Jim obtained an order for costs.

C v D (2020): Negotiated a settlement which reduced his client’s liability by more than 50% in a debt claim brought pursuant to a commercial leasehold agreement.

Dinham v William Hill [2017]: Successfully represented the Claimant pro bono in her unfair dismissal claim after she refused to accept a 20% pay cut following a business restructuring.

B v C (2020): Represented a mother in a forced marriage protection case that raised issues of capacity to marry, capacity to consent to sexual relations and the jurisdiction of the Family Court.

E v F (2021): Successfully appealed against a case management decision of Magistrates who wrongly (1) refused to admit evidence of a non-party witness and (2) changed their order after giving Judgment.

Re FL (a Child): [2020] EWCA Civ 20: As a pupil, assisted Kevin Gordon in his successful defence of a Special Guardianship Order in favour of a maternal grandmother.