James Nieto

His demeanour, candour and presentation of complex arguments make it impossible for anyone not to listen and agree

James Nieto

  • Called in 2012

Public Law

James has experience in advising clients on Judicial Review in a range of matters including parole board/prison law, Ombudsman decisions, and Local Authority decisions.

James has also provided advice in respect of homelessness and public law defences to possession proceedings.

A selection of recent cases include:

James was instructed via the Public Access Scheme to advise on the merits of a Judicial Review and potential challenge to the decision of a museum to revoke the membership and ban an individual from the grounds of the museum.

Instructed via the Public Access Scheme to provide advice on appeal from the High Court to the Court of Appeal following a Judicial Review of a decision made by the Legal Ombudsman.

James was instructed to provide advice on the merits of a potential claim for Judicial Review of the decision to recall a person to prison for alleged breaches of licence conditions who had been previously released on licence.

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Notable Cases

MBR Acres Limited -v- Free the MBR Beagles [2021] EWHC 2996 (QB)
Junior alone- James acted for the third, fifth, sixth, eighth, ninth and thirteenth defendants in this important case concerning the rights of free speech and assembly of protestors and whether to grant injunctive relief to the Claimants. Following legal argument after handing down judgment, James persuaded the Judge to disallow the Claimants' costs of their first set of particulars of claim and to order no order as to costs in respect of the interim injunction application, effectively resetting the costs position.

Luton Borough Council -v- Altavon and Others [2019] EWHC 2415
Junior alone - James acted for the Second Respondent of three in this appeal by way of case stated heard by Lady Justice Davies and Mr Justice Goss. The First Respondent did not take part in the appeal proceedings. The appeal concerned continuing offences in an HMO and when time ran for the commission of the offences for the purposes of laying an information in the Magistrates' Court.

Pendlebury v DPP [2018] EWHC 3567 (Admin)
Junior alone- James provided advice on procedure and support with this appeal by way of case stated regarding a conviction for stalking with violence. James successfully represented the Appellant in the High Court before Lord Justice Irwin and Mr Justice Phillips.

If you would like to instruct James Nieto or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by Chief Executive/Director of Clerking, Paul Cray. 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


Inner Temple


Education & Qualifications

The University of Law, Bloomsbury: BPTC, Very Competent
The University of Law, Bloomsbury: GDL, Commendation
University College London: MA Russian and East European Literature and Culture
University College London: BA (Hons) French and Spanish

James is a CEDR accredited mediator.


“As a successful business owner, with some experience of litigation, the complex cases within three separate areas of law, which I instructed James on were met with such detail, thought, professionalism and his experience is invaluable when reviewing the merits of applications, cases and the way forward. In the time that I have worked with James, not only have I learned so much, but I have also watched him meet challenging applications with great success. His demeanour, candour and presentation of complex arguments make it impossible for anyone not to listen and agree with James. I highly recommend him and will continue to work with him as my business grows and our legal counsel requirements grow with it”

“Thanks so much for your wonderful work and being such a joy to work with. I am looking forward to continuing to work with you.”


Personal Interests

In his spare time James enjoys watching rugby and NFL. He is a season ticket holder at Saracens and regularly attends games.