James Bentley > Chambers of Anna Vigars QC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Anna Vigars QC
Guildhall Chambers


James is a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence barrister, who joined Chambers in 2014 after completing his pupillage under the supervision of Gabriel Farmer. He appears regularly for both claimants and defendants in: small claims, fast track trials, multi-track applications, CMCs, CCMCs, inquest and infant approvals. James has appeared at a number of CCMCs for both claimant and defendants. He is a member of Chambers’ specialist costs team and has assisted in running workshops for solicitors at both the claimant and defendant seminars.


Called 2012. Scholarships and awards: Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn); Sir Thomas More Award (Lincoln’s Inn); Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn); Kaplan Law School Advocacy Scholarship.


Kaplan Law School (BPTC); University College, London (LLM); University of Exeter (LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Costs

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

James BentleyGuildhall ChambersJames is an accomplished and confident costs barrister whose ability in court far exceeds his call. He has a first-rate understanding of the fixed costs regimes. I am always impressed with the quality of his advocacy which is backed up by detailed and exhaustive preparation.

Housing ‘a very successful costs team‘, Guildhall Chambers fields a number of juniors with solid expertise in costs and litigation funding. Areas of strength for the team include professional negligence cases concerning costs issues, costs appeals, and enforceability of funding arrangements. Oliver Moore is ‘very knowledgeable in all things costs‘, and acts as head of the practice group in chambers. Highlights included James Bentley acting for the claimant in Bateman v Devon County Council, which involved issues concerning fixed costs after the claimant was injured while riding a motorcycle on a defective road; it was ruled that fixed costs did not apply and costs should instead be assessed as the case fitted into neither the road traffic accident or public liability protocols.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

James BentleyGuildhall ChambersJames is very bright, and his advice is grounded and succinct. But above all, he is meticulous.