James Hughes

Year of Call: 2011

Inn: Middle Temple

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James has experience of acting for families of the deceased and interested parties prior to, and throughout, the inquest process, including Article 2 and/or inquests with a jury across multiple days. Examples of such work include:

  • Acting for the family of an elderly care home patient who died after being impaled while using a bariatric commode chair. Multiple day jury inquest. Critical narrative conclusion and report to prevent future deaths issued by Coroner.
  • Acting for a doctor who had provided care for the deceased who died as a result of a rare but recognised complication (fat embolism and aspiration pneumonia) from elective knee surgery.
  • Appearing as part of a team of counsel for the family of an HGV driver who died in the collision on the M5, in Taunton, near Taunton Rugby Club.

Professional memberships:

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

Qualifications & awards:

  • LLB (Hons) (Nottingham University) –  Law with European Law (2010)
  • BPTC, College of Law (2011)
  • LLM, Bristol University (2012)
  • Erasmus Scholar
  • Nottingham University Mooting Competition and Law Graduates’ Association Moot Prize Winner
  • Westlaw UK Mooting Competition Winner (judged by Jackson LJ)
  • Lord Justice Jackson’s Award for Best Submissions at Westlaw UK Moot Final
  • National Mock Trial Competition Semi-Finalist
  • Herbert Smith Mooting Competition Winner (Bristol University, judged by Lord Kerr, Supreme Court Justice)