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12 King's Bench Walk

Chambers of Paul Russell QC

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James Sullivan

Work 020 7583 0811
12 King's Bench Walk (Chambers of Paul Russell QC)


James undertakes a mixture of fast and multi-track work. He regularly appears in court and has a strong paperwork practice. James accepts claims on a CFA basis and is willing to consider pro bono work where appropriate. Personal injury: James acts for both claimants and defendants in all aspects of personal injury law, including employers’ liability, public liability, tripping and slipping claims and road traffic cases. He also has particular experience in respect of: sporting accidents; MIB and RTA 1988-related matters; head injury cases; injuries giving rise to complex regional pain syndrome; travel law (including Package Tour Regulation cases and matters falling outside the ambit of the Package Tour Regulations); inquests (having appeared in numerous inquests including a four-day jury inquest in respect of a workplace death); CICA claims. Civil fraud: James has considerable experience of cases concerning allegations of fraud (both from the perspective of defendants and claimants) – including cases concerning alleged low-velocity impacts, alleged phantom passangers, alleged staged accidents, alleged paper accidents or allegedly induced collisions. He also has experience of dealing with and advising upon suspected fraud rings. James is often instructed in fraud matters prior to the issue or service of proceedings so as to advise on evidence and tactics. He has considerable experience in terms of drafting pleadings and appearing in trials where fraud is alleged or suspected. Credit hire: James has extensive experience in cases concerning credit hire (ranging from fast track level cases through to cases involving claims in excess of £100,000). He appeared as junior counsel in the cases of Copley v Lawn and Maden v Haller [2009] EWCA Civ 580 (concerning the issue of ‘intervention’ by defendant insurers in the credit hire process) and he regularly provides lectures and presentations on the subject of credit hire. Occupational health: within the ambit of personal injury litigation James has a particular interest in occupational health claims (including all types of industrial disease and asbestos litigation). During his pupilage these were areas where James gained considerable experience and is keen to further develop this area of his practice. James was the author of the case report on ‘Sienkiewicz v Grief (UK) Ltd: Case Report for The Personal Injury Law Journal’ (May 2011). Costs: James has considerable experience in dealing with costs issues and in particular CFA-related costs issues.


Called 2005, Inner Temple.


PIBA; ELBA; Inner Temple.


London School of Economics (BSc (First Class Honours) Government); Magdalene College, Cambridge University (M.Phil (distinction) International Relations); College of Law (postgraduate Diploma in Law (distinction)); ICSL (Bar Vocational Course (very competent)).


Sport, travel, film.

London Bar

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Within: Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading juniors

James Sullivan - 12 King's Bench WalkHe is very organised, extremely thorough and does not miss a thing.

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