James is a partner in the regulatory team. He has extensive experience of conducting and supervising investigations on behalf of regulatory bodies, principally the General Dental Council.
James leads a team of lawyers and paralegals investigating and preparing professional disciplinary cases for hearing. His work often involves the conduct of complex, high profile and sensitive cases. James has extensive experience of handling regulatory cases in the High Court, including judicial reviews (sometimes involving applications for injunctions). He has acted on some notable appeals, including a landmark decision for healthcare regulators on the use of patient records in regulatory proceedings and a case in which the High Court provided important clarification on a key area of law for all regulators concerning professional disciplinary proceedings following a criminal acquittal.
In addition, James provides advice on a range of legal issues in regulatory cases, including the application of the Data Protection Act, the European Convention on Human Rights and the common law duty of confidence. James delivers bespoke training sessions to in-house teams and has also appeared as an advocate before the committees of regulators.
Before joining Capsticks in 2007 and cross qualifying as a solicitor, James trained at the Bar at QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers. As a barrister, James gained extensive advocacy experience in criminal matters including assault, robbery, public order offences and domestic and commercial burglary.
James is described by clients as “one of the hardest working lawyers” and is praised in the legal directories in the following terms: “He’s got it all – he knows the law, has good attention to detail, doesn’t lose sight of the big picture and is able to make sound and sensible decisions.”
LLB (Hons) University of Leeds, 2002
Bar Vocational Course, 2004