Acting for a partner in a dispute concerning a family partnership which operated a hotel. 7-day trial in the County Court.
Summary: James acted for a shareholder in unfair prejudice petition concerning a family company formed to invest in property.
Summary: Acting for a group of businessmen suing the directors of a company on their guarantees. 7-day trial in the County Court.
Summary: Acting for four farmers against a supplier of defective bull semen. James appeared for the farmers in a 10-day trial at the Mercantile Court in Bristol.
 EWCA Civ 1401,  All ER (D) 210 (Dec)
Summary: Acted for a property investment company at trial in the High Court and on appeal in a dispute over a ransom strip involving issues of contractual construction and highways law.
Section 76 appeal against a refusal of planning permission for a major housing development at a Green Belt location which, according to the local planning authority (North Somerset), contravened all existing and emerging policies in housing location. The appeal was determined by the Secretary of State in view of its importance, and turned heavily on the interpretation and weight to be given to the then emerging RSS (now abolished by the new government). The appeal was decided in favour of the local planning authority shortly after the change of government.
Barrister: David Fletcher
Area of Law: Environment
Summary: This is an important decision of the Information Tribunal for all planning authorities required to decide under the Environmental Information Regulations whether to make public sensitive commercial information in viability appraisals. The Information Tribunal decided that a viability report disclosed in confidence to Bristol City Council was provided to protect a legitimate interest, but since the report was necessary to enable the Council to decide whether retention of a building in a Conservation Area was viable, the public interest in disclosure outweighed the interest in maintaining confidentiality. The Tribunal made clear however that this does not mean that planning authorities must disclose all commercially sensitive information provided in confidence by a developer.
 1 FLR 1679 (Fam Div)
Summary: Change of residence in light of intractable opposition to contact, suspended pending compliance. Orderupheld by CA (and eventual change of residence subsequently upheld by CA).
 EWHC 1573
RWE Npower plc v Alstom Power Limited, Alstom Norway AS, Alstom Power Sweden AB and Amec Group Limited
 EWHC 3061 (TCC)
Summary: A decision on preliminary issues under CPR Part 8 relating to a major dispute on Aberthaw power station.