Thomas joined Chambers as a tenant in October 2021, following the successful completion of his pupillage. He sat with Jeremy Callman, Richard Dew, Georgia Bedworth, Naomi Winston and James MacDougald.
During pupillage, Thomas gained experience in all of Chambers’ core practice areas, including Private Client (both contentious and non-contentious); Property (including Landlord and Tenant); Court of Protection; Partnership and LLPs; Tax; and Commercial Chancery. He has been instructed in his own right and is equally happy acting as sole counsel or as part of a team.
Thomas has a First Class degree in History from the University of Exeter. He was awarded Middle Temple’s Diplock Scholarship for his legal training, going on to obtain a Distinction on the GDL and an Outstanding on the BPTC. He has also tutored extensively in trusts law.
Before joining Chambers, Thomas worked in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) as Judicial Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Patten.
During pupillage, Thomas gained experience in a number of probate, inheritance and trust disputes, including challenges to the validity and construction of Wills, 1975 Act claims, claims for breach of trust, trustee/executor removals, trusts of land disputes and related professional negligence claims (including tax negligence).
During pupillage, Thomas gained experience in advising on the administration of trusts and estates, issues of construction and related capital taxes issues, as well as capital taxes planning. He also assisted in making applications under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958.
During pupillage, Thomas gained experience in capital taxes planning and assisted in advising on issues arising in the administration of trusts and estates.
During pupillage, Thomas assisted with a number of property disputes, including proprietary estoppel claims, landlord and tenant disputes and claims concerning the co-ownership of land.
During pupillage, Thomas gained experience with a number of Landlord & Tenant disputes, including both commercial and residential property claims. As a pupil, he was instructed in his own right in claims for the recovery of rent arrears.
During pupillage, Thomas assisted with a range of commercial disputes, including a four-day trial in the High Court concerning the breach of an alleged loan agreement. He also gained experience in High Court cases concerning civil fraud, contempt of court and the successful application for a freezing injunction.
As a pupil, he was instructed in his own right in several commercial debt claims involving the construction of guarantee and indemnity agreements, mistake and unjust enrichment.
During pupillage, Thomas gained experience advising on property & affairs issues arising in the Court of Protection, including assisting on applications for the approval of gifts and applications to remove attorneys/deputies.
During pupillage, Thomas gained experience in both contentious and non-contentious Partnership and LLP work, including the drafting of members’ agreements and advising on internal issues such as partner exits, team moves and restructuring.
During pupillage, Thomas assisted with a number of professional negligence claims, including White v Jones type cases, claims against trustees/executors, and tax negligence cases involving offshore elements.
- BPP Law School – Excellence Award
- The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple – Diplock Scholarship
- The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple – Certificate of Honour
- BPP Law School, London – Bar Professional Training Course, Outstanding
- BPP Law School, London – Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction
- University of Exeter – BA (Hons) History with Study Abroad, First Class
Associations & Memberships
- Chancery Bar Association
- Contentious Trusts Association
- Court of Protection Bar Association
- Association of Partnership Practitioners
Thomas James is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is regulated by the Bar Standards Board [Bar Council Ref 70491]. He is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [BMIF Ref 2360/082] 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 386587924.