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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)

Property Damage

He has experience of fire claims and other property damage claims and is regularly instructed by the insurers of clients whom he is representing in inquests or in criminal regulatory matters.

Representing leaseholder of premises in which a firefighter died in claims brought by landlord and other tenants.

Represented a firm of structural engineers in civil claims arising out of the collapse of a tower crane in Liverpool city centre. The crane fell onto an apartment block causing damage estimated at in excess of £10m.

Represented a builder in claims brought by a home owner and neighbours following the partial collapse of a substantial residential property.

Selected Cases

  • Yeganeh v Zurich PLC [2010] EWHC 1185 (QB); [2011] EWCA Civ 398 – Insurance, arson and fraudulently exaggerated claim. The Claimant discontinued shortly before the re-trial that had been ordered by the Court of Appeal.
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  • BCL, Christ Church, Oxford
  • MA (First Class), Christ’s College, Cambridge
  • Accredited Advocacy Trainer (Gray’s Inn), 2017
  • Recorder of the Crown Court, 2018


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


“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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