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James Maxwell-Scott QC

Call 1995 • QC 2016

"He's fantastically bright, has a great manner with his clients and has an excellent legal head on him."
(Chambers & Partners 2017)

James is a specialist in Criminal Regulatory law and inquests. His practice is a roughly equal mix of representing organisations and individuals facing prosecution for safety based regulatory offences and representing organisations, families and individuals in Coroner’s Courts.

He was awarded Chambers & Partners Junior of the Year in Health & Safety in 2014.

Previous clients include: Siemens, Serco, First Group, Vinci, Persimmon Homes, the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Chatsworth House Trust, the Fat Duck, the Secretary of State for Defence, the Director General of HM Prison Service and the Chief Executive of the NHS.

He has been involved in many high-profile inquests and public inquiries over the past 20 years including the Hillsborough Inquests, the Lakanal House Fire Inquest (Lead Counsel for the Coroner), the Camber Sands drowning inquests, the HMS Tireless Inquest, the Hutton Inquiry, the Shipman Inquiry, the Mubarek Inquiry and the BSE Inquiry

In his earlier years of practice, he gained substantial experience in civil litigation as a member of the Attorney-General’s Panels of Counsel (Civil) from 1999 to 2010. He is regularly instructed to advise and represent regulatory clients in civil claims (e.g. personal injury, property damage, fire and food safety claims) arising out of incidents which are the subject of a prosecution and/or an inquest.

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Qualifications


  • BCL, Christ Church, Oxford
  • MA (First Class), Christ’s College, Cambridge
  • Accredited Advocacy Trainer (Gray’s Inn), 2017
  • Recorder of the Crown Court, 2018

Memberships


Health & Safety Lawyers Association
Personal Injury Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
Administrative Law Bar Association

Recommendations


“Excellent, informed and very helpful barrister.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“An excellent trial tactician, who provides reasoned and committed advice”

Legal 500 2017

“He’s fantastically bright, has a great manner with his clients and has an excellent legal head on him.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“He was very effective and is a good guy to work with; he really enters into the spirit of the case.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“A level-headed advocate, combining intellectual ability with a lack of stuffiness.”

Legal 500 2016

“He is very good technically and on the detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“He is very straightforward when explaining the issues.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“A calming and authoritative presence.”

Legal 500 2015

“He is praised for his meticulous attention to detail and superb interpersonal skills.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“Very precise, measured and professional.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“Extremely user-friendly and open to suggestions.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“Very level-headed, doesn’t flap when others would be flapping like crazy.”

Chambers & Partners 2013


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