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James Sharpe

Call 2009

"Both detailed and excellent technically"
(Legal 500, 2018)

Professional Liability

James regularly acts for and against a variety of professionals including solicitors (including matrimonial finance and pension sharing order disputes), surveyors, architects, mortgage and insurance brokers, IFAs and pension providers and administrators.

In the latest edition of Legal 500, James is recommended as a Leading junior and is recommended for delivering “clear written opinions”.

Selected Cases

  • Acting as sole counsel against leading counsel for an IFA in respect of advice to invest money into commercial property funds prior to the global financial crisis (instructed by CMS Cameron McKenna LLP).
  • Acting on behalf of a firm of solicitors in respect of a claim that they under settled a personal injury action (instructed by Kennedys LLP).
  • Acting for a Third Party SIPP trustee in a claim brought by a high net worth individual against his former financial advisors (with Daniel Shapiro, instructed by CMS Cameron McKenna LLP).
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors in respect of a claim that they failed to execute a surrender of a lease (instructed by BLM).
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors in respect of a claim for loss of a chance of obtaining a better settlement.
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors in respect of a claim that a settlement was necessary due to the claim being allegedly issued out of time/up to limitation under section 14A of the Limitation Act 1980.
  • Acted for homeowners against surveyors over an alleged failure to detect damp, which successfully settled on confidential terms.
  • Defending a firm of solicitors against claims that they negligently executed a share allotment (instructed by RPC).
  • Successfully defended a trustee in bankruptcy against a professional negligence claim brought by the bankrupt (instructed by Browne Jacobson).
  • Successfully acted for a sole trader against her former accountants for their conduct of her VAT affairs.
  • Wembridge Claimants & Ors v East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service [2013] EWHC 2331 (QB) – Representing the Defendant in the multi-party litigation following the Marlie farm fire in which two firemen were killed after a huge explosion caused by negligently stored fireworks (with Lord Faulks QC and Muhammed Haque QC) (instructed by Clyde & Co). Since judgment, James was instructed on his own to deal with the remaining quantum issues, which have now been compromised.
  • Perry v Raleys Solicitors (with Ben Quiney QC):  Instructed in the appeal to the Supreme Court defending a claim arising from the alleged under-settlement of a miner’s VWF claim (instructed by BLM).
  • (with Ben Quiney QC) Instructed on behalf of a firm of insurance brokers to defend a £4m claim alleging that it had failed to properly assess the client’s insurance needs resulting in significant underinsurance following a catastrophic flood (instructed by Carter Perry Bailey).
  • British Amateur Gymnastics Association v (1) Zurich (2) Brit (3) Perkins Slade Limited (with Ben Quiney QC). Acting for Third Defendant in Commercial Court claim concerning a dispute between an insured, two insurers and brokers. The case raises points regarding insurance brokers’ duty of care in negligence and contract as well as in relation to the doctrines of waiver, estoppel and rectification (instructed by Mills & Reeve)
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  • Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2011)
  • European Commission Scholarship (unable to accept), Lincoln’s Inn (2009)
  • Blackstone’s Mooting Competition (finalist) (2009)
  • BVC, City Law School (2008 – 2009)
  • Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2007)
  • BA (Hons) Jurisprudence, Somerville College, University of Oxford (2004 – 2007)


  • PNBA

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