James Plant

I am delighted with the work James has done on our behalf. He is polite, professional, reliable and efficient and has an excellent grasp of personal injury law. He has a good commercial attitude in terms of what we're jointly trying to achieve on behalf of the client and I have greatly enjoyed working with him. I have no hesitation in recommending him to others.

Cindy Tsang, Solicitor, Kennedys Law LLP

James Plant handles predominantly Multi-Track cases specialising in Personal Injury (particularly Employer’s Liability) and Product Liability and is instructed by both claimants and defendants.

James’ London practice and home near York means that he is ideally placed to undertake court work particularly in the capital and in the North but also throughout England and Wales. He is described as an “excellent advocate” who is “comprehensive, tactically astute and on point”.

Clinical Negligence

James has handled numerous Clinical Negligence claims (with particular experience in negligent cosmetic surgery and cosmetic procedures).

Commercial

James advises and represents individuals, businesses and insurance companies in a wide range of contractual and tortious matters. His experience includes disputes involving contracts for services (including for a heritage racing car team), entitlement to commission, the purchase of prestige vehicles and tortious interference with goods.

The majority of his work in this area is bringing and, particularly, defending product liability claims. He is regularly instructed to bring and defend claims and additional claims involving allegedly defective products (particularly resulting in fire) and in Consumer Protection Act 1987 matters.

Costs

James has extensive experience of Costs Law and is regularly instructed in detailed assessments and CCMCs.

Credit Hire

James has, over the years, acted for many claimants and defendants in Credit Hire matters.

Fraud

James has extensive experience of fraud within the context of Personal Injury claims including “late notice” claims and allegations of staged accidents, phantom passengers and malingering.

General Common Law

James has over 10 years experience of being instructed in a broad range of Common Law disputes. He is always happy to assist with tricky and/or unusual cases.

Inquests

James has appeared in numerous inquests.

Insurance

James advises and represents individuals, businesses and insurance companies in a wide range of contractual and tortious matters. His experience includes disputes involving contracts for services (including for a heritage racing car team), entitlement to commission, the purchase of prestige vehicles and tortious interference with goods.

The majority of his work in this area is bringing and, particularly, defending product liability claims. He is regularly instructed to bring and defend claims and additional claims involving allegedly defective products (particularly resulting in fire) and in Consumer Protection Act 1987 matters.

James is recommended for his Product Liability work:

“James is well known to our Product Liability team, and we have worked with him for some time. He has consistently shown that he has an excellent understanding of product claims, including claims brought under the CPA, in contract and in negligence. He is reliable, clear-headed and quick to grasp the key issues in any case. And we also recently had the pleasure of briefing James for a trial where he proved to be an excellent advocate.”

Daniel West & Emma Tindall, BLM (London)

Personal Injury

James’ practice covers the whole spectrum of Multi-Track work where there are serious injuries and death where claims are valued at up to and over a million pounds. He is instructed predominantly by defendants but remains regularly instructed by claimants. He has particular experience in matters where medical causation is in issue. He also has extensive experience in Employers’ Liability matters involving complex or technical issues of fact or law.

Further James has advised on and conducted Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel (CICAP) proceedings involving both eligibility and compensation.

Public Access

James is qualified to accept direct instructions from members of the public.

Notable Cases


Scott Swinford v Charles Chipperfield Entertainment Limited (Ongoing)
Represented claimant in 2013 liability trial - matter settled part way through cross-examination of the defendant’s director. Claimant seriously injured, quantum ongoing.

Daniel Davies (by his father and litigation friend Robert Davies) v Thomas Forrett & Ryan Partington & Southern Rock Insurance (2015) EWHC 1761 (QB)
Catastrophic injury claim. Represented D2, the driver of the car that the claimant was a passenger in. Decision on costs in the main claim. D2’s claim settled shortly thereafter.

Piotr Dolny v Langdon Transport Limited & St Regis Paper Co Limited (2015)
Represented lorry driver seriously injured when his lorry overturned.

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Neil Maxwell v AWG & Skanska (2012)
Represented severely injured claimant who fell through manhole cover into a drain. Claim settled.

Samuel Luel v Witcomb Contracts Limited (2012)
Represented claimant with traumatic eye injury. Claim settled.

S v CICA (2009)
Eligibility successfully challenged and substantial award of quantum made.

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If you would like to instruct James Plant or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by senior clerk Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Appointments & Memberships


  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Free Representation Unit
  • South Eastern Circuit

Education & Qualifications


  • Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple
  • BVC, College of Law, London
  • PgDL, College of Law, London
  • BA Hons, English Language & Literature, Liverpool University

Testimonials


“James is well known to our Product Liability team, and we have worked with him for some time. He has consistently shown that he has an excellent understanding of product claims, including claims brought under the CPA, in contract and in negligence. He is reliable, clear-headed and quick to grasp the key issues in any case. And we also recently had the pleasure of briefing James for a trial where he proved to be an excellent advocate.”
Daniel West & Emma Tindall, BLM (London)

“I am delighted with the work James has done on our behalf. He is polite, professional, reliable and efficient and has an excellent grasp of personal injury law. He has a good commercial attitude in terms of what we’re jointly trying to achieve on behalf of the client and I have greatly enjoyed working with him. I have no hesitation in recommending him to others.”
Cindy Tsang, Solicitor, Kennedys Law LLP

“As a firm we have instructed and briefed James many times in Road Traffic Accident and, particularly, Employer’s and Public Liability cases. His advices are always comprehensive, tactically astute and on point and we have been delighted with results at interlocutory hearings and at trial. His awareness of the commercial practicalities involved in PI litigation makes him stand out. He is always prepared to go the extra mile in providing guidance to our team and his assistance is invaluable. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to others.”
Anna Theodorides, Principal, AMV Law

Previous Employment


Prior to being called to the Bar James worked for a leading PR and Marketing Communications agency. His work included the research and production of business conferences, the management and development of staff and future business strategy. His conferences received national and European media coverage and covered a broad range of industries: air transport, rail transport, media, utilities and the financial services.

He finds that this past experience continues to assist him today – he has had the benefit of working in a commercial (and non-legal) arena but also has a good grasp of many different commercial environments.

Personal Interests


James enjoys balancing his sporting endeavours with culinary exploration (anything and everything).

James also like to read – particularly Victorian, Modernist and Post-Modernist fiction.