James Poole joined chambers in October 2017 following the successful completion of his pupillage in Chambers, where he sat with Richard Dew, Jonathan Gavaghan, Jeremy Callman, Georgia Bedworth and Naomi Winston.
James has experience across the full spectrum of Chambers’ work, including: probate, inheritance and trust disputes, partnership matters, Court of Protection work, insolvency, property and Landlord and Tenant issues, and is available to accept instructions in all areas of work undertaken by Chambers. He is instructed and appears regularly in his own right in the High Court and County Court, and is very happy acting as part of a team.
Before coming to the Bar, James taught at secondary and tertiary level in England and Vanuatu, and is equally comfortable being instructed in both English and Bislama.
James has substantial experience in Property and property-related matters and is regularly instructed on behalf of landlords and trustees in relation to residential and commercial property disputes.
Recent experience includes:
- Robinson v Robinson  EWHC (Ch), a three day high court trial involving disputes over the development, sale and trusteeship of valuable agricultural land in Cambridgeshire held in two separate trusts.
- Commercial property claims involving service charge disputes and breach of covenants; James is regularly instructed on behalf of one of Britain’s largest breweries to deal with the landlord and tenant issues arising from the 1000+ pubs they own.
- Numerous residential property claims, variously involving: complex offshore ownership arrangements, TOLATA disputes, disrepair, unlawful eviction, rent arrears and conversion.
- Advising and acting in possession claims against both tenants and licensees, including tenants of charitable trusts and licensees of Almhouse charities.
- Successfully defending a claim for possession against LPA receivers appointed by a mortgagee.
- Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding), City Law School (2016)
- Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
- Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
- Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), City Law School (2015)
- Hardwicke Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2015)
- Lord Bowen Scholarship, Lincoln’s In (2015)
- MA Modern History, University of Oxford (2009)
- “Persons Unknown”, New Law Journal, 21 November 2014 (with Tim Lawson-Cruttenden)
James Poole is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is regulated by the Bar Standards Board [Bar Council Ref 67708]. He is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/077] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 278659634.