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James has a broad practice encompassing all areas of commercial litigation, including conflict of laws, energy and natural resources, product liability, banking and finance, international trade, and confidentiality and privilege. He has a particularly prominent reputation in the areas of professional negligence, insurance and reinsurance, and commercial arbitration (often with an international element). He has wide experience of advising and acting in relation to all manner of contractual and tortious disputes. He has frequently been involved in substantial pieces of litigation and is familiar with the particular demands of large-scale court and arbitration proceedings.


Called 1999; Middle Temple.

Awarded Insurance Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015.

Current directorships: non-executive director of Private Public Limited (PPL).

Publications of note:

Co-author of the chapter on Accountants and Auditors in Professional Negligence and Liability (ed. M.Simpson).

Stranger than Fiction (The Lawyer, 28 June 2013) – a discussion of the hold harmless principle in insurance and its connection with damages for late payment of a claim under an insurance policy.


French; basic Spanish and Japanese.




Cranleigh School; Pembroke College, Cambridge (MA History).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

James Brocklebank QC7 King’s Bench WalkHighly impressive in his grasp of the issues and analysis of the same – his advocacy is similarly clear and crisp.

With ‘real strength in depth‘, 7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘by far and away the leading insurance and reinsurance set, with particularly strong QCs covering the full range of insurance, as well as counsel of all levels, who are highly efficient and able to deliver high-quality service within tight deadlines‘. In recent wor of note, James Brocklebank QC acted for Azzouz Group in a claim to recover losses, which arose from the occupation of manufacturing facilities in Syria by insurgent forces. Josephine Higgs, led by Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, acted for an insured sugar trading company in an approximately $20m Commercial Court claim, which related to sugar losses from a warehouse in Ghana.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

James Brocklebank QC7 King’s Bench WalkSuper clever with a laser focus on the detail. Happy to roll his sleeves up as well.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

James Brocklebank QC7 King’s Bench WalkHe is highly impressive in his grasp of the issues and analysis, and his advocacy is clear and crisp.