Gray’s Inn: Prince of Wales Scholarship (2021)
The Inns of Court College of Advocacy: Silver Award for BSB Criminal Litigation Assessment (second in the cohort) (2021)
The Inns of Court College of Advocacy: Red Lion Chambers Conference Prize (joint award) (2023)
The Inns of Court College of Advocacy: Guildhall Chambers Bristol Drafting Prize (joint award) (2023)
Gray’s Inn: Ann Goddard Scholarship (2024)


Year of Call: 2023


The Inns of Court College of Advocacy: Bar Course (Merit) (2023)
City, University of London: GDL (Distinction) (2021)
Frontline Academy/University of Bedfordshire: PGDip Social Work (Commendation) (2016)
University of Oxford: BA History & Politics (2:1) (2013)


James started pupillage in October 2023 and is currently under the supervision of Nicholas Fairbank.

In the year before he started pupillage, James was the judicial assistant to Lord Justice Peter Jackson and Lord Justice Baker at the Court of Appeal. He was then selected to stay on at the Court of Appeal as one of two vacation judicial assistants, undertaking more work for those Lord Justices of Appeal, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Moylan, among others. In his time at the Court of Appeal, he wrote bench memos and conducted legal research across the whole breadth of family law, as well as helping with speeches and lectures.

Before turning to the law, James qualified as a social worker through the graduate programme Frontline. He then practised as a child protection social worker for two London local authorities.

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