James was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1996. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013.
James’ international law work has included:
- A number of appearances before the United Nations ECE Aarhus Compliance Committee in Geneva: Communications: cases include ACCC/C/2011/45, 60 & 61 ACCC/C/2010/53 ACCC/C/2012/77 ACCC/C/2014/100 & 101.
- Cases in the Isle of Man (including before the Staff of Government see e.g. Penfolds v The Treasury).
- Public law advisory work in Gibraltar and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
- While on the Pegasus Scholarship he appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal of New Zealand, Mick v Removal Review Authority ( NZAR 111).
- Before the domestic Courts James has been involved in a number of cases concerning public international law: R v Bow Street Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate Ex p. Pinochet Ugarte (No.2)  1 A.C. 119, R (Edwards) v Environment Agency (No.2)  1 Costs L.R. 70 and R (HS2 Action Alliance Ltd) v Secretary of State for Transport  P.T.S.R. 1025.
- Before the European Court of Justice James has been involved in a number of cases concerning international law: Case C-188/07 Commune de Mesquer v Total France SA and Total International Ltd  ECR I-4501 (concerning the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage), Cases C-188/07 and Case C 530/11 Commission v United Kingdom and Case C-260/11 Edwards v Environment Agency (concerning the Aarhus Convention).
James is consistently ranked as a leader at the bar in the legal directories. The 2016 Chambers & Partners ranks him as a leading silk for planning, environment, administrative & public law, civil liberties & human rights, and local government. The latest Legal 500 lists James as a leading silk for environment, EU & competition, administrative & public law, and civil liberties & human rights.