James practises in regulatory, EU, commercial and public law, with sector expertise in telecoms, sport, media and entertainment, procurement and IP.  He is recognised in a total of nine practice areas in Chambers and Partners, Chambers Global, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. He was included as a "standout member of the junior bar" in Who's Who Legal's Rising Stars 2018. He won Global Investigations Review's award for Most Important Court Case 2017, for his advocacy in SFO v ENRC, a case named in The Lawyer's Top 20 Cases for both 2017 and 2018. He acted as sole trial counsel on competition law issues in the internationally-followed Unwired Planet v Huawei case. He acted for the UK Government in the feed-in tariffs litigation, another of The Lawyer's Top 20 Cases of 2018.  He is on the Attorney General's "A" Panel and has been featured in Legal Week's “Stars at the Bar” and The Lawyer's “Rising Stars”.

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EU & Competition

James has extensive experience of EU and Competition work and is recognised as a leading junior in these fields by Chambers Global, Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal. 

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Public & Regulatory

James has extensive experience of public law and regulatory matters.  He is on the Attorney General's "A" Panel and is recognised as a leading junior in the field by the Legal 500.

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Commercial

James acts in substantial commercial disputes and arbitrations both as sole counsel and a junior. He has achieved significant attention for his advocacy work on the landmark SFO v ENRC case regarding privilege.

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Telecommunications

James has substantial experience of telecommunications disputes both commercial and regulatory, including in competition matters in the CAT.  He is recognised as a leading junior in the field by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

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Sport

James appears and advises in sports law matters both commercial and regulatory. He is often instructed in disciplinary hearings and has appeared for a number of different governing bodies. James is recognised as a leading junior in the field by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.  He is a co-editor of “Challenging Sports Governing Bodies”.

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Media & Entertainment

James undertakes media and entertainment matters in both the commercial and regulatory fields.  He is recognised as a leading junior in the field by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Who's Who Legal.

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Procurement

James has extensive experience of procurement matters.  He is recognised as a leading junior in the field by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

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Intellectual Property

James has extensive experience of IP matters in the antitrust, media and entertainment, sport and public law fields. He has appeared in the Copyright Tribunal, IPEC, the High Court and the European Patent Office. He is recognised as a leading junior in the field by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

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Financial Services

James’ expertise in the crossover between EU, public and commercial law regularly leads to instructions in the Financial Services field.

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Achievements

Education

BA (Hons) First Class, Brasenose College, University of Oxford; Diploma in Law with Distinction, City University; Bar Vocational Course, Outstanding

Publications

Books

  • Editor of "Anti-competitive practices, EU law and free movement of goods" in Laddie, Prescott and Vitoria: The Modern Law of Copyright (5th Ed'n, London 2018).
  • Challenging Sports Governing Bodies, Lewis, Taylor, De Marco and Segan (1st Ed'n, London, 2016).
  • Co-author of the Competition section in Bullen & Leake’s Precedents of Pleadings (18th Ed’n, London, 2015).

Articles

  • "The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Constructive ambiguity or a political choice not yet made?", European Advocate, Winter 2017-18 pp6-9.
  • "Anti-Doping Prosecutions: Are We Striking the Right Balance?", [2017] I.S.L.R. Vol 17, Issue 4 pp71-75.
  • “Exploring the “best value” duty”, J.R. 2013, 18(1), 93-98.
  • “Applicable Law ‘Shopping’? Rome II and Private Antitrust Enforcement in the EU”, Comp. L.J. 2008 7 (3), 251-260.
  • Co-author, with Sir David Edward QC, of “Questions and Problems of Applying the Acquired Rights Directive in the United Kingdom”, now published in Germany.

Blogs

  • Regular contributor to Blackstone Chambers Competition and Sport Law Bulletin blogs.

Selected earlier reported cases

Public & Regulatory

  • R (Channel Television Limited) v Office of Communications (2011, High Court)
  • Isle of Anglesey County Council and another v Welsh Ministers and others [2010] QB 163 (Court of Appeal)
  • R (Data Broadcasting International) v Office of Communications (2010) 107(24) L.S.G. 23 (High Court)
  • R (Risk Management Partners) v Brent LBC [2010] PTSR 349 (Court of Appeal)

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