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Douglas James

Call 2015


Douglas is regularly instructed in commercial disputes. He has experience of a wide range of commercial matters involving: the sale of goods; the supply of services; jurisdiction and conflict of laws; guarantees and indemnities; unjust enrichment; agency; bailment and conversion; credit hire disputes; and corporate and personal insolvency.

Selected Cases

Douglas’s recent instructions include:

  • Re Golubovich: claim for possession of c. £17m of fine art and jewellery (led by Rupert D’Cruz QC); succeeded in defending a jurisdiction challenge by the Part 20 Defendant: [2021] EWHC 2099 (Ch), upheld on appeal [2022[ EWHC 1605 (Ch).
  • 1st Equity v HBOS: £8m claim against a high-street bank concerning alleged breaches of long-term agency licensing agreements, including implied terms of good faith (assisting Jason Evans-Tovey).
  • Willmott Dixon Interiors Ltd v Holmes (UK) Ltd: £2.1m adjudication on a disputed parent company guarantee.
  • Acting for an international retailer in a c. £200k sale of goods dispute.
  • Advising on conversion in a c. £100k chain of sales of agricultural machinery.
  • Acting for a firm of consultants in a claim against a Swiss IT company.
  • Advising on the scope of equitable subrogation and unjust enrichment following a mistaken payment.
  • Acting for an agricultural machinery manufacturer in an agrifoods company’s claim for loss of yields and profit.

Douglas is also a member of the Government Legal Department’s ‘junior junior’ panel. He recently assisted on a judicial review of the sale of a publicly owned bank and assisted Isabel Hitching QC on a Francovich claim against the Dept. of Transport by the injured passenger of an uninsured vehicle.

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City University and Lincoln’s Inn

  • Eastham scholar (Pupillage award, Lincoln’s Inn, 2015)
  • Buchanan Prize (BPTC award, Lincoln’s Inn, 2015)
  • Berwin Leighton Paisner Prize for best law-school team, Worshipful Company of Arbitrators arbitration competition, 2015 (representing City University)
  • Lord Denning scholar (BPTC scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2014)
  • Monckton Prize for EU Law (City University, 2014)
  • Winner, University of Southampton IV moot (representing Lincoln’s Inn, 2014)
  • Lord Bowen scholar (GDL scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2013)
  • Hardwicke scholar (Entrance award, Lincoln’s Inn, 2013)


King’s College London

  • Wellcome scholar (full stipendiary PhD scholarship, 2010-13)
  • Society for the Social History of Medicine bursary (2012)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council scholar (MA scholarship, 2009-10)



  • Elizabeth Margaret Dale Cast Prize (top overall degree, 2009)
  • Dean’s List (2009)
  • Professor Joel Hurstfield Prize (top in 2nd year, 2008)
  • Dolley Prize (top in 1st year, 2007)



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  • 2015 – BPTC – City University – Outstanding
  • 2014 – GDL – City University – Distinction
  • 2013 – PhD History (Portraits of early-modern patients) – King’s College London
  • 2010 – MA Early Modern History – King’s College London – Distinction
  • 2009 – BA (Hons) History – University College London – First Class (top in year)


  • SCL
  • PNBA
  • PIBA

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