James is an Associate Partner in the Litigation team, specialising in Sport and Intellectual Property disputes.
As well as running a busy general litigation practice, James has extensive experience in resolving contractual disputes in a variety of sports including motorsport, football, tennis, athletics, cricket and rugby union.
James also has particular experience in advising on regulatory and disciplinary issues. He has acted for clients in proceedings involving the Football Association, the British Horseracing Authority, the Motor Sports Association and the Football League. James also acts for event organisers and governing bodies in enforcing ticket terms and conditions to major sporting events.
James’ IP practice concerns the protection, exploitation and enforcement of a range of intellectual property rights, but specifically trade marks and copyright. He advises and acts for companies in a number of different sectors including retail, publishing, technology and media and entertainment.
A keen advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution, James has settled many cases through a proactive approach to mediation and other ADR processes.
James regularly acts for The All England Lawn Tennis Club, the Rugby Football Union, the Welsh Rugby Union, Chelsea Football Club, UEFA, the London Marathon and Bestway Wholesale Limited, amongst others.
James is named as a Leading Sports lawyer in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 and is credited with fighting “his clients’ corner hard” and is “impressive on ticketing work”. He has delivered lectures on topics including reputation management and has written extensively on legal issues in Sport including co-authoring a chapter in Football and the Law on ticketing issues in football.