James is regularly recommended for the quality of his legal analysis, his persuasive oral advocacy in court, the practicality of his advice, and his sensitive and responsive interaction with clients.
His busy practice spans a number of Chambers’ key practice areas, and particularly focuses on:
- Probate, inheritance and trust disputes, including 1975 Act claims, trustee/executor removal and TLATA claims.
- Non-contentious private client work.
- Commercial and contractual disputes, including arbitrations and interim applications such as freezing injunctions.
- Partnership/LLP – both advisory and contentious work.
- Court of Protection and associated litigation.
- Charity law.
- Landlord and Tenant issues – both residential and commercial, including pubs and licensed premises.
- Property, including covenants, easements and boundary disputes.
- Insolvency, both individual and company.
James is a skilled and highly effective advocate, who appears regularly in the High Court and County Courts. He also has significant experience of offshore litigation, particularly in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
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 is also a qualified mediator, and welcomes instructions as a mediator in any of the areas in which he practices.
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 highlights include:
- 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.