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James was called to the Bar in 2006. He joined Landmark Chambers from Allen & Overy, where he spent five years focussing on commercial judicial review, planning and environmentalprocurement litigation and international arbitration, particularly in the renewable energy, regulated utilities and infrastructure sectors. He was ranked in Chambers and Partners 2017 as the UK star associate in public and administrative law.

His practice spans the full scope of administrative, planning and environmental, public international, procurement and commercial law. He has experience in the UK Administrative, Planning and Technology and Construction Courts, as well as before a number of arbitral tribunals under the UNCITRAL, ICSID, ICC, LCIA and LMAA Rules.

Significant domestic UK and international cases he has worked on include:

  • R (Leyton Orient Football Club) v London Legacy Development Corporation [2013] UKHC 3653 (Admin) – judicial review of the Olympic Stadium procurement competition

  • British Gas Plc v OFGEM – statutory appeal under the Electricity Act 1989 heard by the Competition and Markets Authority challenging OFGEM’s R-IIO electricity distribution 2015 price control decision

  • R (Total Lindsey Oil Refinery Limited) v DECC – judicial review challenge to the UK implementation of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

  • Karkey Karadeniz Uretim SA v Islamic Republic of Pakistan (ICSID Case No. ARB/13/1) – US$1bn claim against Pakistan by Turkish energy company arising out of the Pakistan Government's temporary power procurement programme in 2011/2012.

  • British Caribbean Bank Limited v Government of Belize (PCA Case No. 2010-18) – investment treaty claim and related domestic constitutional and judicial review litigation arising out of the Belize Government’s utilities nationalisation programme between 2009 and 2011)

  • Project Management Institute v Minister for the Cabinet Office and the Privy Council Office [2016] EWCA Civ 21 – judicial review of the Privy Council’s decision to award a UK professional body Chartered status

  • R (Western Sahara Campaign Group) v HM Revenue & Customs and DEFRA [2015] EWHC 2898 (Admin) – acting for a national Moroccan agricultural trade association in an intervention in the judicial review challenge to the EU-Moroccan Agricultural Trade Agreement

  • Covanta v Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority [2013] EWHC 2922 (TCC) – procurement challenge in the TCC to the award of the Merseyside Energy from Waste contract.

Before joining Allen & Overy in 2011, James spent five years at the planning and environmental Bar where he worked on several major infrastructure projects including Heathrow Airtrack, the Victoria Station Upgrade and the Bristol Deep Sea Container Terminal, as well as a range of planning and environmental litigation in the UK High Court and Court of Appeal.

Prior to pupillage, James worked in the House of Lords in the Opposition Whips Office as the lead researcher in constitutional and legal affairs, working with the Shadow Front Bench and Shadow Lord Chancellor. He worked on a range of civil liberties and constitutional issues, including opposition to and scrutiny of counter-terrorism legislation, removal of trial by jury in complex fraud cases and the UK Government’s proposal  to introduce 90 days pre-charge detention.  He spent five years after graduating serving with the Coldstream Guards on a number of operational tours, during which time he trained and qualified for the Bar.

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