In his distinguished career, James was a junior partner in Collyer Bristow (1975-80), a partner at Gordon Dadds (1981-96), a partner of Withers (1996-2001) a Co-Founder of Harcus Sinclair, Senior Partner (2001-08) and a Consultant (2008-2015). Between 1981 and 1997, James was the Treasurer of SFLA (now Resolution) and involved in the drafting of the original Code of Practice; also a Fellow of IAML. He was awarded the accolade of being one of the five most influential lawyers in London by The Evening Standard in their 2007 awards.
In the late nineties, James was invited by the BBC to advocate on behalf of Prince Charles in a mock debate with a barrister ‘representing’ Princess Diana. Much to the irritation of the producer, James pursued a different line altogether. He argued vociferously that divorce is often without fault on either side and that, in any event, nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors; and so he still believes. He welcomes (as does Burgess Mee) the advent of no-fault divorce, shortly to come into force.
Following qualification and prior to working in Family Law , James had useful experience for 2 or 3 years in private client tax and trusts and in the QBD and Chancery Divisions. However, his expertise lies in divorce, complex financial provision cases, jurisdictional disputes, Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act cases, Deeds of Separation and Pre/post Nuptial settlements; and ardently believes that it it is the lesser money cases that are invariably the most testing.