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Owain James

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Owain has a busy advocacy and advisory practice across all of chambers’ practice areas with a particular emphasis on commercial, property and public law. He prides himself on his attention to detail and clients commend his tenacious advocacy, practical advice and ease with clients. Owain has particular experience of dealing with urgent and without notice injunctions in a commercial, immigration/asylum, housing, and public law context. He is often instructed at the 11th hour on an urgent basis and is experienced at making out-of-hours applications. He read law at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and previously worked in the Litigation Department at Hugh James Solicitors and brings that experience together with a strong academic background to his practice. An ADR Group accredited mediator, Owain accepts instructions to act as a mediator (in Welsh, English or bilingually where appropriate). A native Welsh speaker Owain is happy to accept instructions through the medium of Welsh. Owain regularly delivers CPD accredited seminars. He has also appeared on BBC Wales, Radio Cymru, ITV Wales and S4C discussing current legal issue


Called 2011, Inner Temple. Publications of note: ‘The quality of mercy’, Co. L.J. 2014, 54(Mar/Apr), 14-16; ‘Is a written agreement sufficient to vary directions?’ Legal News, January 2014; ‘“T” marks on Plan not Decisive of Boundary Location’, Expert Witness Journal, December 2013.


Welsh (fluent).


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


University of South Wales MSc; Univesity of Cardiff PGDip (Bar professional training); St Catharine’s College, Universtity of Cambridge MA (Hons) Law; Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf.


Rugby, real ale, travelling, hiking/mountaineering, camping.

Regional Bar: Wales and Chester Circuit

Construction, planning and environment

Within: Leading Juniors

Owain James - Civitas LawHe prides himself on achieving the best possible results for clients.

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Within: Leading Juniors

Owain James - Civitas LawHas an excellent eye for detail

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Within: Leading Juniors

Owain Rhys James - Civitas LawActs for both the government and individuals in immigration cases.

Within: Immigration

Civitas Law's members, including Owain James and Cathrine Grubb, act for all parties in immigration cases, with a particular focus on asylum claims.

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Within: Leading Juniors

Owain Rhys James - Civitas LawHe has an excellent eye for detail.

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Public law

Within: Leading Juniors

Owain Rhys James - Civitas LawProvides clear advice and develops a rapport with clients

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