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Douglas James

Call 2015

Professional Liability

Douglas’s professional liability practice covers claims against professionals of all kinds, including solicitors, financial advisors, brokers, architects, surveyors, estate agents and medical professionals.

Douglas recently completed a secondment to the PI team of a major firm of solicitors, where he handled claims against solicitors acting in property, probate, divorce, tax, personal injury and company law matters.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for the defendant solicitor in a c. £700k claim about alleged misadvising on employment redundancy terms which excluded personal injury claims.
  • Acting for the defendant solicitor in c. £110k High Court proceedings about alleged misadvising on planning matters during a building development transaction.
  • Acting for an IFA in proceedings about the settling of a trust.
  • Acting for an architect in a claim alleging defective designs for a residential refurbishment project.
  • Advising on the trust implications of a mistaken insurance payment.
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Awards


  • 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)
  • Wellcome scholar (full stipendiary PhD scholarship, KCL, 2010-13)
  • Society for the Social History of Medicine bursary (KCL, 2012)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council scholar (MA scholarship, KCL, 2009-10)
  • Elizabeth Margaret Dale Cast Prize (top overall degree, UCL, 2009)
  • Dean’s List (UCL, 2009)
  • Professor Joel Hurstfield Prize (top in 2nd year, UCL, 2008)
  • Dolley Prize (top in 1st year, UCL, 2007)

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Qualifications


  • 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)

Memberships


  • Society of Construction Law
  • TECBAR
  • COMBAR
  • PIBA

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