James Marwick > Chambers of Matthew White > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Matthew White
St John's Chambers
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Personal Injury



James is an experienced personal injury and clinical negligence barrister with sub-specialisms in costs and professional negligence.  He is ranked in The Legal 500 in costs (Tier 1), clinical negligence and personal injury.

He acts for both claimants and defendants in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence work but is well known for acting in cases where dishonesty is alleged or where there are complex liability or quantum issues.  His present workload includes a large number of cases for both claimants and Insurers/Trusts worth in excess of £1million where he acts as sole junior often in cases against silks.   He is often instructed in industrial disease and construction cases, and present instructions include a large number of pain cases.

James has an extensive related practice acting in all professional negligence, insurance and costs related matters where he is regularly instructed to act in contribution and property damage cases.  He brings an expertise in procedural matters to all work he undertakes and is well regarded as a trial advocate.


  • LLB (Hons) Durham & BVC Nottingham

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Costs

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

James MarwickSt John’s Chambers

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

James MarwickSt John’s Chambers

Bristol’s St John’s Chambers houses a team which is regularly instructed in cases involving claims against surveyors and solicitors, and is especially strong in handling work brought against architects. John Dickinson acts for banks and insurer clients in a range of professional negligence disputes, and Joss Knight has solid expertise in advising on claims brought against valuers, contract administrators and builders. James Pearce-Smith is sought after for his expertise in assisting claimants, with a core focus on acting for lender clients in cases relating to the banking sector. James Marwick is also a key name to note.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Clinical negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

James MarwickSt John’s ChambersA junior who prepares meticulously and will fight a case for you.’

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

James MarwickSt John’s ChambersJames does not back away from a difficult or challenging case. He is robust yet able to change his style in cross examination, depending on the individual in front of him, and his advocacy is second to none. He has an excellent way with clients to make them feel at ease.’

The team at St John’s Chambers is praised by clients for its ‘deep breadth of knowledge on all aspects of personal injury‘. ‘Superb advocateChristopher Sharp KC has an excellent track record in representing claimants and defendants in high-value catastrophic spinal and brain injury cases. Senior junior Andrew McLaughlin is particularly strong as a trial lawyer in this field. In recent work, Matthew White and James Marwick appeared in Brown v South West Lakes Trust and others, a Court of Appeal case arising from a fatal car accident in 2017; issues in the case included the extent of the duty of care owed to unintentional trespassers by occupiers of land adjoining the highway.