James was admitted as a solicitor in 2002 having joined William Sturges in 2000 when it merged with Chethams. He became a partner at William Sturges in 2004 and was appointed senior partner on 1 June 2013. James is the head of the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution department where he specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration.
He is a member of the Property Litigation Association and the Royal Automobile Club. James is a freeman of the City of London. He enjoys playing ice hockey and seasonal golf.
Current cases include acting for:
1. Hotelier Sector Claimants under Derivative Contracts exceeding £48 million.
2. Respondent under Party Wall Awards and Jurisdiction under Addendum Award.
3. Claimants – under EIS Schemes.
4. Brewery Sector Defendant – Possession and Ownership of Beach Front used as a Beer Garden.
5. Claimant Landlord – Conflicts between Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 (Part II) and the Telecommunications Code 1984.
Other notable cases:
1. Claimants in Arbitration - Breach of Warranties on the sale of several companies based in European and US.
2. Claimants – Sponsorship deal dispute in F1.
3. Defendant – Breach of Warranties on the sale of First Division Football Club.
James has also been involved in the following reported cases:
1. Force India Formula One Team Ltd v (1) 1Malaysia Racing Team Limited (2) 1 Malaysia Racing Team Ltd (3) Michael Gascoyne (4) Aerolab SRL (5) Fondmetal Technologies SRL 
2. The Presidential Insurance Company Limited v Resha St.Hill 2012. Privy Council on Appeal from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
3. Lexi Holdings Plc -v- Garth Scott Stainforth  - construction of a contract to discharge earlier short-term loan agreement. Opponent's application for leave to appeal refused by Appeal Committee of the House of Lords in November 2006.
4. Adagio Properties-v-Ansari  - dealing with landlord's appeal against the decision on the validity of a notice served under section 146 of the Law of Property Act 1925.
5. Hindcastle Limited-v-Barbara Attenborough Associates Limited & Others  - House of Lords decision on the liability of a guarantor of a tenant who becomes insolvent.
6. In Re Saunders (a Bankrupt): In Re Bearman (a Bankrupt)  - Court giving leave to commence proceedings against a bankrupt notwithstanding that bankruptcy proceedings had already commenced.
7. Roburn Construction Limited-v-William Irwin (South) & Co Limited  - Security for costs. Discretionary amount ordered to be paid in place of nominal security ordered in Court below.