James McClelland > Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC
Brick Court Chambers

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Member of Chambers


James has a wide-ranging practice in commercial litigation and arbitration, public law (including all forms of judicial review and statutory challenge), and the regulation of legal and financial services. He has appeared in a number of the most significant reported cases in each of these areas in recent years.

James has been profiled by Legal Week as one of its Stars at the Bar and nominated for both commercial litigation and banking and finance junior of the year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards. He has been named as “one of the leading senior juniors in commercial litigation” (Legal 500) and “a rising star of the Commercial Bar” (Chambers and Partners). James’ public law practice is of equal depth.

He is one of the Attorney General’s A Panel Counsel, in which capacity he is appointed to conduct the most complex trial and appellate advocacy for central government in all aspects of public law. James was previously a tutor and then college lecturer in public law at Oxford University and in 2019 was named by Finance Monthly as its UK public law lawyer of the year.


Called 2004, Lincoln’s Inn.

Appointed to Attorney General’s A Panel (2018), previously on the B Panel (2012-2017) and C Panel (2009-2012).




Peterhouse, Cambridge University (MA, Double First, comprising top Starred First in the University); Merton College, Oxford University (BCL, Distinction); City University (GDL, Distinction); ICSL (BVC, Outstanding). Speaks French.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

James McClelland QCBrick Court ChambersThe complete package – an exceptionally gifted junior.

A set ‘really building a reputation for taking on complex, high-profile administrative/public law challenge‘, Brick Court Chambers‘ members are active across public law, both in the commercial space as well as for respected NGOs and individual claimants. Paul Bowen QC represented the anonymised claimant, a disabled boy who was subjected to sexual abuse in a care home, in R (AB) v CC of Hampshire concerning the force’s failure to provide him with a registered witness intermediary while reporting abuse to the police. Crossing over with her sanctions expertise, Maya Lester QC represented a number of Tamil activists in a challenge to the continued proscription of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, better known as the Tamil Tigers. The set’s members continue to act for various government bodies; Marie Demetriou QC and Tim Johnston continue to represent Transport for London in litigation concerning Uber’s licence to operate in London, while James McClelland, who joined from Fountain Court Chambers, acting for Uber in the same matter.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

James McClelland QCBrick Court ChambersAn outstanding jurist – one of the best legal researchers at the bar – and an excellent advocate. Particularly strong at the intersection of commercial law and public law.

Brick Court Chambers is a ‘first-rate set that is ‘excellent from top to bottom‘ and possesses ‘almost universal quality‘. Despite having ‘the bench strength to deal with the biggest and most complex of cases‘, the set hasn’t rested on its laurels, recently recruiting several strong junior barristers, including James McClelland and Charlotte Tan, from Fountain Court Chambers and Twenty Essex respectively. Major recent highlights included the Lloyds Banking Group shareholder litigation, where Helen Davies QC and Tony Singla successfully defended the bank. Seven members were also involved in Privatbank v Kolomoisky and others, including Mark Howard QC, Alec Haydon QCRichard Blakeley, and Ben Woolgar.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

James McClelland QCBrick Court ChambersAll barristers in the top chambers are clever but he is in the top margin! Extremely quick and able.

Brick Court Chambers is a ‘go-to set for banking and finance work with some true stars and incredible strength in depth‘. The set ‘offers the whole package‘ and is noted for its ‘large group of very talented barristers‘. Its offering at the junior end was strengthened by the arrival of the highly-rated James McClelland from Fountain Court Chambers. Noteworthy cases include Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse in which Helen Davies QC and Tony Singla are leading the defence for Credit Suisse. Another highlight has been Banca Intesa Sanpaolo and Dexia Crediop v City of Venice in which Jasbir Dhillon QC is leading Geoffrey Kuehne.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

Our new guide sees Brick Court Chambers as one of the top ten sets with the most leading chambers rankings, most overall barrister rankings, and most leading silk rankings rankings across England and Wales. The future of the set looks bright as it also contains the most Rising Star barristers in this the inaugural year of that ranking category. Since launch of our last guide, Colin West  was appointed chair of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association for a two-year period; David Scannell QC and Colin West QC were appointed Queen’s Counsel; Sue Prevezer QC, former co-managing partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, joined chambers along with James McClelland  from Fountain Court Chambers, Sarah Bousfield from 39 Essex Chambers, and Charlotte Tan from Twenty Essex; Kelyn Bacon QC has been appointed a Justice of the Chancery Division, while Neil Calver QC joins the Queen’s Bench Division.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

James McClelland QCBrick Court ChambersA highly persuasive advocate who sees problems with crystal clarity.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

James McClelland QCBrick Court ChambersA cut above the rest, he has a huge brain but remains humble, engaging and commercial.