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. Evangelou and others v McNicol (sued as a representative of all members of the Labour Party except the claimants)  EWCA Civ 817
2. Foster v McNicol (sued on behalf of all other members of the Labour Party except the Claimant and the Second Defendant) and another  EWHC 1966 (QB)
3. 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 
4. The Presidential Insurance Company Limited v Resha St.Hill 2012. Privy Council on Appeal from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Hindcastle Limited-v-Barbara Attenborough Associates Limited & Others  - House of Lords decision on the liability of a guarantor of a tenant who becomes insolvent.
8. 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.
9. 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.