James Wibberley > Chambers of Anna Vigars KC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Anna Vigars KC
Guildhall Chambers
23 BROAD STREET
BRISTOL
BS1 2HG
England

Work Department

Employment and discrimination; commercial: professional negligence and indemnity; costs litigation funding; technology and construction.

Position

James is a commercial specialist with experience of dealing with a wide range of disputes within the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He has a particular interest is cases that throw up novel or complex points of law and regularly deals with cases that straddle the divisions between his main practice areas.

James has twice appeared in the Supreme Court in Swynson Limited v Lowick Rose LLP [2017] UKSC 21 (professional negligence; assessment of damages) and Gavin Edmondson Solicitors Limited v Haven Insurance Co Limited [2018] UKSC 21 (costs; solicitor’s equitable lien). He is recommended in Chambers and Partner and the Legal 500 in the fields of Commercial Dispute Resolution, Professional Negligence, and Costs and Litigation Funding.

Career

James has a broad commercial practice focussing primarily on banking and financial services, company/shareholder, partnership, professional negligence, supply of goods and services, and contractual disputes. James also has a keen interest in cases involving restraint of trade, breach of confidence and breaches of fidelity or fiduciary duty, and is regularly brought into cases that straddle his different practice areas such as claims following the sale/purchase of companies or the collapse of business relationships.  He also has experience of dealing with more esoteric commercial work such as intellectual property disputes (including passing off and trade mark infringement) and defamation claims brought by commercial organisations.

Most of James’ work is within the High Court and James has experience of acting as sole counsel in cases worth up to £20 million.  Recent work includes acting for the purchaser of a multi-million pound waste management business in a claim for misrepresentation against its former owners, representing a soft toy company facing a $4million claim for an alleged breach of an exclusive manufacturing agreement, and representing a financial advisor in restraint of trade proceedings following the sale of this IFA business to a national network.

ames has a strong interest in all areas of costs and litigation funding. In addition to dealing with more conventional inter partes costs disputes such as drafting pleadings and attending detailed assessment hearings, James has experience of providing generic advice on the enforceability of funding arrangements, and is regularly asked to advise on issues of coverage and indemnity relating to BTE and ATE insurance agreements.

There is a significant overlap between this area of James’ practice and his wider commercial work. James is therefore ideally placed to advise on solicitor – own client disputes and professional negligence cases involving disputes around the advice given about funding arrangements and/or costs liability.

James has experience of wasted costs and non-party costs applications both in commercial (including applications for costs against directors of insolvent companies) and personal injury disputes. He also deals with disputes surrounding the costs of insolvency proceedings.

Education

  • LLB, Nottingham Law School – First Class
  • History (Modern), Keble College Oxford, First Class

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Costs

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

James WibberleyGuildhall Chambers

Guildhall Chambers stands out on the Western circuit for its ‘dedicated costs team‘. Led by the ‘very approachableOliver Moore , the group has an established track record in handling costs appeals, enforceability of funding arrangements, professional negligence work pertaining to costs issues, and advising on assessments of costs involving issues of principle and of high value. James Wibberley is a key contact for advising on issues related to wasted costs and non-party costs applications. James Bentley has ‘a wealth of expertise‘ in assisting with costs matters arising from clinical negligence and personal injury cases.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

James WibberleyGuildhall ChambersJames has a forensic knowledge of the law and can be trusted to consider every possible angle to an argument. He has an excellent engaging manner with clients which puts them at their ease. A first-rate advocate.’

At Guildhall Chambers, the ‘exceptionally brightHugh Sims KC has an excellent reputation for representing claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes involving solicitors, surveyors, accountants and other professionals. John Virgo has established strength in cases in the financial arena, while Oliver Manley has niche expertise in handling cases involving negligent immigration advice. Jay Jagasia regularly acts for financial institutions in professional negligence matters. James Wibberley is singled out for his solid experience in handling claims brought against solicitors.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

James Wibberley  – Guildhall Chambers ‘James is a very analytical barrister who can get to grips with any case in short order. His tactical mind is invaluable.’

Guildhall Chambers ‘offers a strong range of barristers in the field of insolvency‘. Practice head Simon Passfield is ‘the safest of hands for insolvency‘, with an excellent track record in handling a range of high-value contentious insolvency cases. The ‘very impressiveHugh Sims KC has ‘a calm and structured approach that gives the client and the court real confidence.’ Stefan Ramel is sought after for his established strength in cross-border insolvency. Elsewhere in chambers, James Wibberley is representing zoologist and conservationist Dr Jake Veasey in an unfair prejudice claim against the owners and operators of Peak Wildlife Park. In May 2022 Samuel Parsons moved to elite London set Erskine Chambers.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

James WibberleyGuildhall ChambersJames is the complete package: he gives clear, concise, insightful and client friendly advice, and is superb on his feet. You definitely want him on your side.’

Guildhall Chambers stands out as an ‘excellent go-to chambers for commercial disputes‘ and houses ‘specialists in financial services regulatory litigation‘. In a recent case highlight Hugh Sims KC, who heads up the practice, is leading James Wibberley in URE Energy Limited v Notting Hill Genesis, involving a £4m damages claim regarding the alleged wrongful repudiation of an electricity supply contract. Jay Jagasia provides ‘quick, efficient and commercial advice‘ on a broad range of contentious banking work. In May 2022 Samuel Parsons moved to Erskine Chambers.