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James Chegwidden

Call: 2008

“His written arguments are excellent and he has a way of marshalling complicated issues with tremendous force.”

The Legal 500

"Old Square are my preferred set of chambers and have been throughout my career. They will always try to accommodate needs and the set are very down to earth and approachable. We have developed very good working relationships with the team over the years."

The Legal 500


James Chegwidden practices in employment and discrimination law, judicial review, military law, and the regulation of professional misconduct. He brings to his practice a wide range of domestic and international experience, having worked in London, Strasbourg, Australia and in delegations to the United Nations. Prior to call to the Bar, James worked as an Associate to Mr Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG of the High Court of Australia. He was appointed Attorney General’s Counsel to the Crown (C and B Panels) in 2013 and acts regularly for governmental agencies, including the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

James additionally acts in the private sector for a range of corporate clients, individuals, and charities. He is a registered provider on the Bar Public Access Scheme and is a panel member of the National Bar Pro Bono Unit. He speaks fluent French, advanced German and Spanish, and intermediate Polish.


  • Attorney General’s Counsel to the Crown (2016-2023)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council – Approved Counsel
  • Peter Duffy Human Rights Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Lord Mansfield Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn) Lord Hardwicke Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Shelford Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn)


Employment Law Bar Association

Human Rights Lawyers Association

Lawyers for Liberty


Inns of Court School of Law
Bar Vocational Course 2007-2008 Rank: “Outstanding”

University of Oxford
Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) – 2005-2006 Magdalen College, Oxford

University of Sydney
Bachelor of Laws – 2001-2004 Hons First Class

Professional Recommendations

“His written arguments are excellent and he has a way of marshalling complicated issues with tremendous force.”

The Legal 500 2020

“He performs to a consistently high standard.”

The Legal 500 2018

“James was excellent in every way. His client-care skills are particularly outstanding.”

Corporate Client

“He is approachable and knowledgeable, and demonstrates excellent attention to detail.”

Legal 500 2017


Administrative & Public Law

Employment & Discrimination Law

Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law

Professional Regulatory & Disciplinary Hearings

Recent and current work

Notable cases

Key contacts

Samantha Jones

Deputy Senior Clerk
Samantha Jones Telephone Clerk020 7269 0307 Email Clerk

Jordan Bater

Team Leader Assistant
Jordan Bater Telephone Clerk020 7269 0300 Email Clerk
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Out of hours

William Meade (Senior Clerk)

07970 649 755