James’ practice focuses principally on judicial review challenges. James is frequently instructed by government agencies including the Home Office, the Cabinet Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice in defending judicial review claims brought against them, as well as by private individuals seeking to challenge government decisions.
Cases in which James has recently advised or acted include:
R (Stopwatch) v Sec’y State Home Department , a judicial review challenge to the relaxation of safeguards on police stop and search procedures (withdrawn prior to hearing);
Advice in 2022 to a major corporate regulator on the proper interpretation of Part 35 of the Companies Act 2006;
R (Wildbur) v Sec’y of State for Defence  EWHC 1636 (Admin), a judicial review by a former army captain of the lawfulness of his redundancy provision;
R (Huang) v Sec’y of State for Business Innovation and Skills EWHC (Admin) on a challenge to the employability of aliens within the British civil service under the Aliens Employment Act 1955;
R (Rasool) v Tower Bridge Magistrates’ Court  EWHC 4736 (Admin) successfully resisting a challenge to the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 imposing criminal and civil sanctions on food business operators. James also acted in 2015 for an NHS surgeon in his judicial review challenge to the NHS selection and appointment process for long-term surgical training positions.