James Pearce Smith

Year of Call: 2002

Inn: Inner Temple

Solicitor: 1994

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James is a very considered, careful and accurate lawyer. He’s a very good trial advocate and is an excellent choice for difficult cases. ‘He has an incisive brain and an ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses in a case. He’s also very good with clients.’ “

Chambers UK,  2020
Professional Negligence

James, a former solicitor, is an experienced litigator specialising in commercial and property disputes. His practice includes company and partnership disputes, construction disputes and insolvency, and he is often instructed in complex disputes which span more than one of these disciplines. He has particular expertise in professional negligence claims. He also deals with traditional chancery work, such as disputes in relation to trusts and wills.

James has strong analytical and mathematical skills, enabling him to get to the heart of disputes quickly and effectively.  His approach is to analyse cases thoroughly at the outset, to give clients a realistic appraisal of their chances of success and to help them adopt the most effective strategy.

James regularly appears in the High Court, in particular the Bristol Commercial Court. He has considerable experience of representing clients at trials in the High Court and the County Court, as well as acting for parties on interim applications, including urgent ex parte injunctions.  He is often instructed in cases where other parties are represented by QCs.

Recently James has acted for Airbus in a major secret commission trial, for Dyson in two confidential information cases involving ex parte injunctions and search orders, for Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Nationwide Building Society in a large number of substantial professional negligence claims, and for a rail freight company in a substantial arbitration claim against Network Rail.  James has also been instructed in many cases by SMEs and by private individuals.

Professional memberships:

  • Chancery Bar Association

Qualifications & awards:

  • MA (Cantab)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor 1994