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James Egan

James’ practice has seen him instructed across the full range of Chambers’ commercial and chancery work.  He has a wealth of advocacy experience and has been instructed to represent clients in the County Court (small claims, fast track, and multi-track) as well as on High Court matters (trials and in the applications’ list). James’s practice includes the following areas:

  • Trusts, inheritance and probate matters
  • Corporate and personal insolvency matters
  • Corporate and commercial disputes
  • Business rates disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Possession actions
  • Property disputes (including trusts, proprietary estoppel, TOLATA 1996 and, between engaged couples, section 37 of the Matrimonial Proceedings & Property Act 1970)

James has also been instructed in a number of sensitive cases involving vulnerable parties with mental capacity issues. He is therefore familiar with the procedures set out in Part 21 of the Civil Procedure Rules and/or the Insolvency Rules 12.23-12.25.

James has also given seminars across the country on private client and property work and has been praised as “very impressive”.

James achieved a Double First-Class Honours in Law at Downing College, University of Cambridge, where he was awarded several scholarships for his performance in examinations.


Real Property

James has a keen interest in real property law, including conveyancing, mortgages, easements and other third-party property rights. He has extensive experience in landlord and tenant work, and is happy to advise and act in relation to business and residential tenancies of all kinds. Recent real property experience includes:

  • Advising upon property ownership following the dissolution of a company and disclaimer of its assets by the Treasury Solicitor, and the effect of escheat;
  • Advising upon and drafting pre-action correspondence for the recovery of deposits;
  • Advising upon the merits of an ‘acquisition order’ under Part III of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1987;
  • Advising upon, and drafting, claims between cohabitees pursuant to TOLATA 1996 and/or Section 37 of the Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Act 1970;
  • Advising upon, and drafting, applications to the Land Registry for prescriptive easements;
  • Drafting letters to the Land Registry defending adverse possession claims;
  • Advising upon the construction of pre-emption rights;
  • Advising upon, drafting and representing parties in claims concerning financial penalties for failure to register tenancy deposits in accordance with sections 212-215 of the Housing Act.
  • Representing parties in possession claims and trials (including known and unknown trespasser claims, section 8, section 21, and Mortgage Arrears claims) and handling defences based upon discrimination arising from disability (s15 EA 2010), indirect discrimination (s19 EA 2010), and postponement of possession for exceptional hardship;
  • Representing parties in applications to set aside Interim Charging Orders;
  • Representing mortgagees-in-possession seeking to pay surplus proceeds of sale into Court pursuant to section 63 of the Trustee Act 1925;
  • Representing mortgagees in claims for breach of common law and equitable duties associated with the sale of a residential property at an undervalue, and declarations of unfair relationship and other relief under the Consumer Credit Act 2006.

Personal Property/Chattels

James has a keen interest in personal property law. Recent personal property experience includes:

  • Drafting proceedings and representing parties in claims for declarations as to ownership of chattels;
  • Drafting proceedings and representing parties in claims for trespass to goods, conversion and other wrongful interference with goods;
  • Drafting proceedings and representing parties in claims for breach of bailment;
  • Drafting proceedings and representing parties in claims under the Sale of Goods Act 1979, Supply of Goods & Services Act 1982, Consumer Rights Act 2015 and The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013.


  • MA, Downing College, University of Cambridge (2018)
  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), BPP University (2015)
  • BA Law (Double First Class), Downing College, University of Cambridge (2014)

Associations & Memberships

  • Contentious Trusts Association (‘ConTrA’)

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James has been awarded several academic prizes for academic performance including:

  • Hubert Greenland Pupillage Award, 2015 – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Buchanan Prize, 2015 – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Graduating Scholar, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Senior Harris Scholarship, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Platt Prize for Especial Distinction in University & College Examinations, 2014 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Clifford Chance CJ Hampson Prize 20 June 2014
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, 2014 – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Excellence Award, 2014 – BPP Law School
  • James William Squire Scholarship, 2013 – Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, 2013 – Lincoln’s Inn
  • Harris Scholarship, 2013 – Downing College, University of Cambridge
  • Seton-Cavendish Award – Downing College, University of Cambridge

James Egan is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is regulated by the Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 66449] and governed by the Conduct Rules of the Bar of England and Wales. He is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/078] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 256487860.

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