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James Sharpe

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"His drafting is technically excellent and very persuasive; he is also likeable, clever and easy to work with"
(Legal 500, 2020)

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 “He fights his cases assertively and effectively”.

Selected Cases

  • Confidential arbitration: (with Daniel Shapiro QC) acting on behalf of a bank in relation to a €90million claim made against it for its role as depositary of a fund.
  • (with Daniel Shapiro QC) defending a firm of solicitors against a claim brought by a litigation funder arising out of a failed enforcement of an arbitration award (instructed by DAC Beachcroft LLP).
  • Chalfin -v- PIB Risk Services: (with Ben Quiney QC) defending a firm of insurance brokers in a Commercial Court claim.
  • 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 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).
  • Successfully defended a trustee in bankruptcy against a professional negligence claim brought by the bankrupt (instructed by Browne Jacobson).
  • 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) acting as part of the team defending the series of claims arising from the alleged under-settlement of miner’s VWF claims by, amongst others, Raleys solicitors. Perry is a key Supreme Court decision reviewing important issues for solicitors’ negligence. It deals with the test for lost chances and honesty, the principles in Allied Maples, and questions of the Court of Appeal’s jurisdiction (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) acted for brokers in this long running multi-million pound coverage dispute arising from cover issued to the British Gymnastics Association. Issues arose relating to cover, non-disclosure, claims made policies, the practice in the Lloyds Market, brokers’ duties, and causation. In addition there was a particular dispute as to the placing and management of excess cover, which it was successfully argued could not be added as new allegations to the claim close to trial; British Gymnastics v Zurich, Brit & Perkins Slade [2017] EWHC 2500 (Comm) (Mills & Reeve).
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Qualifications


  • 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)

Memberships


  • COMBAR
  • LCLCBA
  • PNBA
  • TECBAR

Recommendations


“He fights his cases assertively and effectively”

(Legal 500, 2020)

“Both detailed and excellent technically”

(Legal 500, 2018)

“Clear written opinions”

(Legal 500, 2018)


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