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James Chegwidden

Call: 2008

"He performs to a consistently high standard."

The Legal 500 2018

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

The Legal 500 2020

Overview

James Chegwidden practices in employment, judicial review, the regulation of professional misconduct and general commercial instructions. He brings to his practice a wide range of domestic and international experience, having worked as a lawyer 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 as Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel to the Crown in 2016 and acts regularly for governmental agencies.

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.

Awards:

  • Attorney General’s B Panel of Counsel to the Crown (2016-2021)
  • National Bar Pro Bono Unit – Panel Member
  • 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)

Memberships: 

  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Lawyers for Liberty
  • Anglo-Spanish Lawyers’ Association

Education:

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
Bachelor of Arts – 1996-1998 Pass

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

Expertise

Employment & Discrimination

Professional Regulatory & Discipline

Business & Commercial Law

Administrative & Public Law

Civil Liberties and Human Rights

Licensing & Trading Standards


Recent and current work

Notable cases

Key contacts

Paul Adams

Senior Team Leader
Paul Adams 020 7269 0305 adams@oldsquare.co.uk

Lee Jennings

Junior Team Leader
Lee Jennings 0207 269 0303 jennings@oldsquare.co.uk
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