James Bradford accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular interest in commercial & construction law, public law & human rights, European Union law and environmental law.
James appears regularly in county courts in civil matters and has gained a broad experience of advisory and pleading work throughout his pupillage.
Prior to pupillage, James worked as a Lecturer in Law at Oxford University, teaching various undergraduate subjects including Contract Law, Human Rights Law and European Union Law. He has also worked as an assistant to Prof. Guido Alpa, Prof. Mads Andenas and Prof. Attila Tanzi and has volunteered at Liberty.
Commercial, Construction and International Arbitration
As part of his pupillage, James gained experience of drafting statements of case, advices and legal research notes in a variety of matters including:
- Jurisdictional challenges in an adjudication;
- An international arbitration determining quantum in a large scale construction dispute;
- TCC proceedings concerning defective works on a domestic property;
- The new disclosure rules which had been proposed in relation to the Business and Property Courts;
- A financial matter involving issues of misrepresentation and the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
Administrative, Public & EU Law
During pupillage, James gained experience of a number of issues involving immigration and general administrative law disputes, including the following:
- Drafting an advice on the prospects and tactics to be used with respect to a Court of Appeal hearing concerning an application for permission to judicially review an immigration decision of the Home Office;
- Drafting a Notice of Objection to an application for permission to be heard at the Supreme Court, in a case concerning Article 6 and Article 8 ECHR issues;
- Drafting a Notice of Objection to an application for permission to be heard at the Supreme Court in a matter concerning the ouster clauses and the amenability of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal to judicial review;
- Drafting a Notice of Objection to an application to reopen a decision of the Court of Appeal in light of a later decision of the Court of Appeal in Ahsan v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 2009.
James also observed a matter in the Administrative Court which included questions as to whether a preliminary reference should be made to the European Court of Justice.
Regulatory & Disciplinary
James has gained experience of a number of different regulatory matters during his pupillage. Through his supervision and training, he has acquired experience of this sector by drafting a rule 11 determination in relation to an appeal before the Police Appeals Tribunal, a research note analysing the contractual implications of the membership terms of a medical defence organisation and a skeleton argument for a matter before the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service.
James also assisted with a case before the Architects Registration Board.
He has attended a number of different regulatory tribunals including the General Osteopathic Council, as well as the Architects Registration Board.
James has experience appearing in county courts in credit hire disputes, the quantification of damages in personal injury claims, road traffic accidents as well as procedural applications.
During pupillage, James has been exposed to a broad range of civil law issues and as part of this, he has gained experience of drafting:
- Research notes on recent authorities in relation to the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, contributory negligence, dependency on services and the law following Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board  UKSC 11;
- Multiple defences with respect to different clinical negligence and personal injury claims as well as a counter schedule of loss.
- A Particulars of Claim with respect to a personal injury case involving the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998;
- An advice on causation in a clinical negligence matter where there were two successive tortfeasors;
- An advice in relation to various personal injury matters including issues involving disputes over causation and contributory negligence.
Planning & Environment
During his pupillage, James has gained experience of a wide variety of work in this area including the drafting of:
- An advice involving the interpretation of the London Plan as well as the merits of an application pursuant to s. 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990;
- Research notes concerning the duty of a planning inspector to consider new evidence following the conclusion of a planning inquiry; the circumstances in which a re-consultation is required and the interpretation of s. 31(2A) Senior Courts Act 1981 in recent authorities;
- A skeleton argument for the Court of Appeal concerning the interpretation of a local plan;
- A skeleton witness statement with respect to a matter concerning a judicial review in an environmental matter;
- A statement of facts and grounds and then reply in relation to a judicial review of a decision to grant planning permission;
- An advice on the merits of an environmental law dispute involving various complex allegations of nuisance and negligence.