A litigator with over 35 years’ experience, James has been a partner at Royds and now Royds Withy King since 1983.
During his career, James has dealt with a wide spectrum of litigation work, from general commercial litigation to specialist areas of personal injury, clinical negligence and insurance claims.
James has over 24 years’ experience in the specialist area of Permanent Health Insurance (PHI) and other insurance litigation. The claims he has dealt with involve a variety of illnesses, including in particular ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) / CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) disputes.
James also represents clients in complex health insurance, personal injury and medical negligence claims.
On the commercial side, James and other Royds Royds Withy King lawyers acted for Christie Group Plc and their subsidiaries, including Christie + Co., a leading commercial business agent.
James was a Volunteer in the Brand Protection Team at the London 2012 Olympics alongside a number of other lawyers.
- Claims for Permanent Health Insurance (PHI) and other insurance litigation involving a variety of illnesses, and ME / CFS disputes in particular. James is recognised as an expert in this field by ME Association and Action for ME. He has written on the subject and appeared in Parliament with ME Association.
- Personal injury claims, including major road traffic accident claims, fatal accident claims, Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) claims against uninsured or untraced drivers and accidents at work.
- Industrial disease claims, specifically claims for asbestos-related illnesses.
- Complex medical negligence claims.
- Acting for various high net worth individuals, media and entertainment clients.
- Successfully representing clients in health insurance claims: over the years claims have succeeded against insurers such as Unum, LV, Aviva, Canada Life, Zurich, Wesleyan and Abbey Life.
- Successful claims related to mis-selling of critical illness policies and insurance law generally.
- Alongside Inheritance & Trusts Disputes team, representing a leading charity in a lengthy and complex Chancery case in relation to the estate of Dorothy Whelen deceased involving both a lost will and a disputed will. As the estate was for over £2m the charities were delighted to succeed and the judgment was widely reported (2015).
James is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), ME Association, Action for ME and the RAC.