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Henderson Chambers Offices
2 HARCOURT BUILDINGS, TEMPLE
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Barrister specialising in commercial and public law, with expertise in group actions, product liability, health and safety, personal injury, environment, inquests and employment.
Called 2002, Middle Temple (Queen Mother Scholar); pupillage Henderson Chambers 2002-2003; Attorney General’s C Panel (2009 – 2014); Attorney General’s B Panel (2014 – ); List of Specialist Regulatory Advocate’s for the EA, HSE and ORR (2012 – ); registered Direct Public Access practitioner; qualified pupil supervisor from 2010. Notable cases: Fetal Anti Convulsant Group Litigation (2008 – 2011); Iraqi Civilian Claims against MOD (2013 – ); defective hip implant group litigation (2014 – ). Recent reported cases: Ferguson v British Gas  WLR 785 (harassment); Network Rail v Conarken  2 CLC 1 (consequential loss); Secretary of State for Justice v Bowling  IRLR 382 (discrimination); Secretary of State for BIS v McDonagh  ICR 1177 (employer insolvency).
Health and Safety Lawyers Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; Employment Lawyers Association; List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates for the EA, HSE, ORR.
The Oratory School; Edinburgh University; City University
Football fanatic; piano man.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4
James Purnell –Henderson Chambers ‘James is an excellent advocate. He is able to defend his client’s position forcefully, while maintaining the sensitivity needed for difficult inquest matters. He is very responsive and personable, and well-liked by clients.‘(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3 (Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2 (Personal injury - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5 (Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3 (Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2