Edward James > Ropewalk Chambers > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Ropewalk Chambers

Work Department

Personal injury, catastrophic injury, counter fraud, criminal regulatory, clinical negligence, inquests, motor, police law, sports, animals & equine, travel law.


During his early years at the Bar in Chambers in London, Edward undertook all aspects of criminal as well as civil work, gaining extensive advocacy experience in both the criminal and civil courts. He joined Ropewalk in 2008 and his practice is now primarily civil based, with a particular emphasis on personal injury, clinical negligence, counter fraud, disease and criminal regulatory litigation. His experience in conducting criminal jury trials has given him a particular advantage at the civil Bar and he is known for his courtroom advocacy.


Called 2002. Direct Access.


Personal Injuries Bar Association; Criminal Bar Association.


University of Edinburgh (MA Hons History).


Ed is married with three young children. Outside work, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching rugby, skiing in the Alps, sailing on the Solent and walking in the Yorkshire Dales.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Edward JamesRopewalk Chambers ‘Edward is always well prepared, organised, and has good strategic thinking. He is extremely personable and clients like him on a personal level enormously.’ 

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Edward JamesRopewalk Chambers ‘Edward is a conscientious and diligent barrister with a personable approach. His knowledge of the coronial process is extensive.’  

Ropewalk Chambers’ inquests team acts for a plethora of parties, including bereaved families, companies, insurers, local authorities, emergency services, health professionals, and care homes. Georgina Cursham specialises in inquests arising from deaths in custody and represented a family in an inquest into the death of an elderly man who died suddenly of undiagnosed sepsis. Thomas Herbert is ‘always on top of evidence’ and handled a three-week inquest into the death of a 19-month-old girl who was murdered by her mother. Edward James recently acted for a family in a five-day jury inquest involving residential gas explosion after a leak was not detected by a gas engineer.