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James is a Managing Associate in the Healthcare team.

James undertakes clinical negligence defence work on behalf of NHS Trusts. He has a varied case load, including cases which are at a pre-action stage, as well as cases where formal court proceedings have commenced and the civil litigation process is underway.

In addition to defending medical negligence actions against NHS Trusts, James represents Trusts at Inquests in the Coroner’s Court and has extensive experience in this field, including Article 2 Inquests. He has also been instructed in a number of criminal manslaughter investigations. He has specialist knowledge relating to Ambulance Service medico-legal issues.

James also acts for NHS and healthcare clients in the Court of Protection, including serious medical treatment and health & welfare proceedings.

James regularly provides advice in relation to medical law issues as part of Ward Hadaway’s urgent healthcare response team.


In addition to his above day-to-day practice,  James has undertaken secondments in the legal departments of client NHS Trusts and delivers regular talks and seminars to healthcare bodies on a range of medico-legal and regulatory topics.

He graduated from the University of Northumbria, Newcastle in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Law prior to commencing his training contract with Ward Hadaway.

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