James represents a wide variety of claimants and respondents in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court in employment disputes. He has advised and appeared for and against corporate clients and for individuals in litigation including British Airways, Barclays Bank, the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
James is an experienced advocate in:
- Unfair and wrongful dismissal claims
- Restrictive covenant claims
- Redundancy-related claims
- National Minimum Wage disputes
- TUPE (transfer of undertakings) disputes
- Unlawful wage deduction claims
- Tribunal jurisdiction and procedural disputes
- Discrimination and equality law claims under the Equality Act 2010
Notable cases include RSS Wessex (Rubicon People) v Dawson and others EWHC 2309 (QB), in which James obtained a High Court interim injunction in unusual circumstances against a former recruitment company manager believed to be competing with his former employer’s business via the use of LinkedIn networking contacts; Vaseer v Secretary of State for Health UKEAT/0096/14/DM in which James successfully appealed against the decision of an Employment Tribunal judge to allow a claimant to add an entirely new claim under TUPE Regulations 2006; Rawson v Robert Norman Associates UKEAT/0199/13/RN on the correct approach to determining liability and remedy in employer’s breach of contract claims in the Employment Tribunal; and Ségor v Goodrich Actuation Systems UKEAT/0145/11/DM in which James acted pro bono for a claimant previously working in the military technology industry, in an appeal determining the correct approach for tribunals to adopt where party seeks (or appears) to abandon a part of its claim.