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Douglas James

Call 2015

Professional Liability

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

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

Selected Cases

Douglas’s current and recent instructions include:

  • Acting for solicitors in a c. £700k claim about alleged misadvising on employment redundancy terms that excluded personal injury claims.
  • Acting for solicitors in a c. £600k lost injury claim.
  • Acting for solicitors in c. £110k High Court proceedings about alleged misadvising on planning matters during a building development.
  • Acting for solicitors in a c. £250k claim about the purchase of a property with flawed title.
  • Acting for an IFA in proceedings about the settling of a trust.
  • Acting for an architect in a claim alleging defective design.
  • 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


  • SCL
  • TECBAR
  • PNBA
  • COMBAR
  • PIBA

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