James Hart

James Hart

Call 2012

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Richard Evans

Richard Evans
Team Leader
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Katie Palmer

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Expertise

James is regularly instructed to act for airlines in defending claims brought by passengers and other customers. He has particular experience of acting in matters concerning delayed and cancelled flights (under the Montreal Convention and EC Regulation 261/2004) as well as contractual disputes arising out of airlines’ terms and conditions.

His experience includes being instructed by an international airline in relation to a claim regarding a ‘fill or pay’ air cargo services contract.

James regularly acts on behalf of major banks in both the County Courts and High Court (both as sole advocate and junior counsel). Recent examples of his experience in this area include possession claims; actions on guarantees; allegations of breach of mandate; and mis-selling allegations.

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


Ahmad Algosaibi and Brothers v Saad Investments

Instructed (with Marcus Smith QC and Bridget Lucas) by companies in liquidation in relation to a multi-billion-dollar claim brought before the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands arising out of fraud allegedly perpetrated by a prominent Saudi national.


Instructed (with Nik Yeo) on claims arising out of the alleged misapplication of the early termination provisions in standard form ISDA Master Agreements.


Completing a secondment to Barclays’ Retail and Business Banking team where he advised on a wide range of matters, including claims under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and the receipt of mistaken payments.


Assisting members of Chambers during pupillage in bringing and defending a number of claims related to the alleged mis-selling of interest rate swap products and claims arising out of the FCA’s Conduct of Business and other Rules and s138D Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and Consumer Credit Act 1974.


Assisting (as a pupil) Chloe Carpenter and Raymond Cox QC in advising a UK building society on challenges to the validity of certain of its standard mortgage terms under the Consumer Credit Act 1974.

James is regularly instructed, including as sole counsel, to act in a variety of commercial disputes in both the High Court and the County Court.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


GS Corporation & Another v OHL

Assisting (as a pupil) Henry King in a dispute regarding indemnities provided on the sale of an Algerian desalination plant.


Secretary of State for Transport v Paragon v PHS

Assisting (as a pupil) Henry King in litigation in the Commercial Court involving allegations of breach of contract and negligence in relation to a dispute as to the proper disposal of confidential documents.

James has regularly advised on privilege issues both as a discrete matter and in particular as part of disclosure exercises.

Notable Privilege, Confidentiality & Conflicts of Interest Cases


Acting in a disclosure review for privilege for liquidators of the Cayman Island subsidiaries of a Middle East Bank in Chancery Division proceedings.


Advising an NHS trust on legal advice and litigation privilege issues arising out of  disclosure in a PFI dispute.


Advising a police authority on a PFI dispute, which involved privilege issues.


Advising a local authority on complex without prejudice communication and privilege issues in relation to an abuse of process/malicious prosecution claim.


Acting on behalf of a High Net Worth Individual on English Law privilege issues surrounding twin track commercial court proceedings and 1782 disclosure proceedings in the US.

James has a strong practice in professional regulation and negligence matters and has been involved in various matters including before the Takeover Panel, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Notable Professional Discipline Cases


Djibouti v Boreh [2015] EWHC 769 (Comm)

Instructed (with Mark Simpson QC and Nico Leslie) before the Commercial Court for a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher accused of deliberately misleading the Court in obtaining a freezing injunction and before the Court of Appeal (with Mark Simpson QC) on the issue of whether a solicitor has a right of appeal against a finding of dishonesty contained in the judgment.


Instructed before the Admin Court for the Solicitors Regulation Authority on an appeal from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


Assisting (as a pupil) Chloe Carpenter with advice to the SRA in connection with disciplinary proceedings against solicitors and proceedings before the SDT, High Court and Court of Appeal.


Assisting Tim Dutton QC on a matter regarding the Solicitors (NI) Order 1976 in the High Court in Northern Ireland.

James has a strong practice in professional regulation and negligence matters and has been involved in various matters including before the Takeover Panel, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Notable Professional Negligence Cases


Djibouti v Boreh [2015] EWHC 769 (Comm)

Instructed (with Mark Simpson QC and Nico Leslie) before the Commercial Court for a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher accused of deliberately misleading the Court in obtaining a freezing injunction and before the Court of Appeal (with Mark Simpson QC) on the issue of whether a solicitor has a right of appeal against a finding of dishonesty contained in the judgment.


Instructed before the Admin Court for the Solicitors Regulation Authority on an appeal from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


Assisting (as a pupil) Chloe Carpenter with advice to the SRA in connection with disciplinary proceedings against solicitors and proceedings before the SDT, High Court and Court of Appeal.


Assisting Tim Dutton QC on a matter regarding the Solicitors (NI) Order 1976 in the High Court in Northern Ireland.

  • BA (English) 1st Class, Trinity College, University of Dublin
  • GDL (Distinction), BPP School of Law
  • BPTC (Very Competent), BPP School of Law
  • BL, Honourable Society of Kings Inns

  • Called to the Bar of Ireland
  • Ad hoc admission to Cayman Islands Bar

  • Sunley Pupillage Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

  • French (working knowledge)

For enquiries please contact

Richard Evans

Richard Evans
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3771
Click here to email

Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7842 3709
Click here to email

  • BA (English) 1st Class, Trinity College, University of Dublin
  • GDL (Distinction), BPP School of Law
  • BPTC (Very Competent), BPP School of Law
  • BL, Honourable Society of Kings Inns

  • Called to the Bar of Ireland
  • Ad hoc admission to Cayman Islands Bar

  • Sunley Pupillage Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

  • French (working knowledge)

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