Jim is a former Solicitor and has now been at the Bar for 11 years. He has developed an expertise in what might be described as ‘social and public law’, dealing with a number of related and overlapping fields including: Personal Inury and Clinical Negligence, Employment and Discrimination, and Court of Protection and Social Care work. He has an entry in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for Employment and in Chambers and Partners for Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
Jim is also a Recorder of the County and Crown Courts, Deputy District Judge of the Magistrates Court and Part-Time Employment Judge. He is one of the youngest people in the country to have achieved these multiple judicial positions (now 39). He is also a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Birmingham University.
Qualifications and Appointments:
- Treasury Counsel (Civil) since 2007
- Part-Time Employment Judge since 2009
- Deputy District Judge (Magistrates Court) since 2009
- Crown Court Recorder since 2012
Articles and Publications:
- Thomson Encyclopedia of Employment Law
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Public Law Care and Adoption
Jim has extensive experience of both public and private law children work, with a particular interest in cases that throw up issues of social care or disabled parents or children, including a case where he represented the parents of an autisitic child facing care proceedings essentially arising out of a local authority's failure to make proper special educational needs and welfare provision, and test cases on applications to revoke freeing orders for children in long-term care who have not been adopted. This builds on Jim's Court of Protection and Social Care expertise.
Jim also has considerable experience of Special Educational Needs, and indeed appeared in the Court of Appeal in Owens - the first case to define the word ‘teacher’ which arose in the context of special educational needs. He has appeared for both local authorities and parents in special educational needs cases, advising a local authority on exclusion of a child with special educational needs who had sexually abused other children, and judicial review, human rights and educational negligence cases concerning the adequacy of provision of specialised education.
Owens v Dudley MBC  ICR 453 (Court of Appeal) – First case to define the word ‘teacher’, extending definition to qualified teachers acting as counsellors to children with mental health problems+ Add to Brochure