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James Ramsden QC

Work 020 7832 1111
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)


Barrister dealing with commercial law including insurance, reinsurance, banking, construction, arbitration (including international arbitration, including as arbitrator), professional negligence, Chancery, employment, European Community law, human rights, judicial review and public law; employment, banking/insurance and local government: principally non-tribunal work in directors’ claims and disputes concerning restrictive covenants; professional negligence: includes solicitors, accountants, architects and surveyors; sits as arbitrator; reported cases: Banham Marshall Services v Leicestershire County Council and others – successfully defended seven local authorities at a five a day trial against a substantial breach of contract claim by Banham Marshall Services; banking/insurance: Yorkshire Water Services Ltd v Sun Alliance & London Insurance PLC & Ors LTL 17.3.00 [1988) 3 Env LR 204; commercial cases: Brian George Harris v Richard Lawson Autologistics Ltd CA (Kennedy LJ, Mantell JL, Sir Swinton Thomas) 14.03.02; Dickinson (T/A John Dickinson Equipment Finance) v Rushmer (T/A FJ Associates) CA (Peter Gibson LJ, Schiemann LJ, Wilson J) 14.02.02; HM Customs & Excise v RK Collections Ltd [2001] All ER (D) 224 – case concerning the restitutionary right to vary freezing orders; MECO PAK AB Ltd v Electropaint Ltd CA (Simon Brown LJ, Mantell LJ, Latham LK) 12.10.01; professional negligence cases: Phillippa Jane Woodward v Wolferstans (a firm) CHD (Mr Martin Mann QC) LTL 10.2.97 TLR 8.4.97; other cases: Leadmill Ltd v Karl Omare ChD (Hart J) 19.04.02; Leon Titinero Schulman v (1) George Derek Hewson (2) Derek Hewson Ltd (formerly Derek Hewson Associates Ltd (3) Derek Hewson Associates Ltd (formerly Derek Hewson Ltd) ChD (Blackburne J) 3.5.02; Commercial Radio Companies Association Ltd v Hutchings [2001] QB Ouseley J (transcript 4.6.01) – instructed by Eversheds in a successful and ground breaking attempt to injunct persistent pirate radio operators by alleging that their activities constitutes a public nuisance; HM Customs and Excise v RK Collections Ltd [2001] All ER (D) 224 – rights in restitution for intervenors to vary freezing orders; Dent & ors v National Farmers Union [1999] – defence of the NFU in a three month group action trial arising out of advice in connection with rights to compensation under European law; NM Rothschild & ors v Berenson & ors [1998] CLC Vol III 10.98 (summaries) 11.98 – acted for syndicate banks in a successful claim against solicitors arising out of their negligent supervision of a syndicated lending scheme; Cavendish Funding Ltd v Henry Spencer & Sons Ltd [1998] Estates Gazette Vol 11 340 – assessment of contributory negligence by institutional lenders; W Lamb Ltd (T/A The Premier Pump & Tank Co) (Plaintiff) v J Jarvis & Sons PLC (defendant) 1998 60 Con LR 1; (1) Arthur Scargill (2) Frank Cave (appellants) v (1) Charity Commissioners (2) HM Attorney General (respondents) ChD (Neuberger J) 4.9.98; Hill v Tomkins [1997] – acted for the claimant in what remains the only successful claim alleging organo-phosphate poisoning, has since advised the National Farmers Union on its position viz a viz the use of OPs; Yorkshire Water Services Ltd v Sun Alliance & ors (CA) Times 22.8.96; Cunningham v Essex County Coucil – substantial and complex defence of the defendant local authority and two of its officers in proceedings alleging defamation, malicious prosecution and malicious falsehood.


Called 1987, Middle Temple.


French (working knowledge).




LLB (Hons); Inn of Court School of Law.

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