Mark James > Temple Garden Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Temple Garden Chambers
1 Harcourt Buildings, Temple


Barrister with extensive experience in insurance-backed litigation including personal injury, insurance contract disputes and claims for fire and subsidence damage to property and business (including subrogated claims). He has developed a specialism in asbestos-related and other disease claims. His personal injury work is spread evenly between claimants and defendants. He also undertakes construction work, general commercial work and professional negligence matters. He is recognised as an expert in the field of costs and has appeared In some of the leading cases on champerty and solicitors’ retainers as well as providing advice on many aspects of the Jackson reforms. He frequently appears in applications for wasted and non-party costs. He Is commonly asked to advise in cases that raise complicated legal and technical issues and has a reputation for providing incisive and practical advice. Cases include: AB v Ministry of Defence [2012] UKSC9, [2013] 1 AC 78; Tibbles v SIG [2012] EWCA Civ 518, [2012]1WLR 2591; Patterson v MoD [2012] EWHC 2767, [2012]162 NLJ 1349; Lake v Hunt Kidd [2011] EWHC 766, [2011] 6 Costs LR 948; Lavelle v Noble [2011] EWCA Civ 551; Drake v Harbour [2008] NPC 11, CA.


Called 1987; Middle Temple; publications include ‘Expert Evidence: Law and Practice’ (3rd ed 2010) and numerous articles on expert evidence.




Oxford University (MA).


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Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Costs

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Mark JamesTemple Garden Chambers

A longstanding figure in costs law, Temple Garden Chambers fields a team that is sought after for advisory work by solicitors, litigation funders and insurers. Members regularly assist with a broad range of both litigation funding issues and points of costs law arising in litigation. Senior junior Mark James has acted in some of the leading cases on champerty, solicitors’ retainers and other solicitor-client disputes, and fellow experienced costs expert James Laughland has advised on the recent leading cases concerning the assessment and recoverability of additional liabilities.