James Pearce-smith > Chambers of Matthew White > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Matthew White
St John's Chambers

Work Department

Commercial, Construction & Engineering, Mediation, Professional Negligence, Real Estate


Barrister specialising in commercial and chancery litigation. Areas of practice: commercial contract disputes, including sale of shares and businesses, joint venture agreements, building contracts, sale of goods and services, restraint of trade, commercial agency; company law, including shareholders’ disputes (including s994 petitions), directors’ duties and liabilities; professional negligence – solicitors, accountants, surveyors, banks and financial advisers; partnership disputes – both commercial and professional partnerships; banking – mortgages, fixed and floating charges, consumer credit and general debt recovery; civil fraud, including freezing injunctions, tracing and other equitable remedies; insolvency – personal and corporate, including liquidations, administration, winding-up petitions and applications to restrain advertisement and presentation; commercial and residential property litigation, including disputes over easements, boundaries and equitable interests, and landlord and tenant disputes; inheritance disputes, including disputes over wills and family provision.


Called 2002; commercial litigation solicitor with two major law firms for eight years.


Chancery Bar Association.


MA (Cantab).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

James Pearce-SmithSt John’s Chambers

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Company and insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

James Pearce-SmithSt John’s ChambersJames always considers the wider commercial implications of an action for the client. His advice is always balanced and measured, and he has a keen eye for detail.’

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

James Pearce-SmithSt John’s ChambersJames is a very effective advocate. He has a thorough grasp of details and presents the issues in a comprehensive but extremely clear order.’

Led by James Pearce-Smith, the ‘very experienced‘ team at St John’s Chambers is regularly instructed by individuals and large companies in a wide range of contentious work. Contractual disputes are a core area of expertise for Leslie Blohm KC. Charlie Newington-Bridges is ‘very user-friendly and able to engage very positively with judges in court, helping to turn round difficult cases‘. Natasha Dzameh has ‘excellent understanding of the issues and laws‘, and has a solid track record in representing financial institutions and international companies in cases involving alleged breaches of contract and restraint of trade. Nicholas Pointon is now a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter, and Leslie Blohm KC, as was, was appointed a Senior Circuit Judge in October 2022.