His advice is always extremely thorough and his tactical awareness and insightful thinking are most impressive.Anand Raghupati, Partner Motor, DWF Law LLP (Liverpool)
James has extensive experience acting for Defendants where fraud and/or fundamental dishonesty have been pleaded or put in issue.
He has been successful on numerous occasions: by applying for QOCS to be disapplied due to Fundamental Dishonesty following the dismissal of claims; in applying for otherwise successful claims to be struck out pursuant to s57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and due to Claimants discontinuing their claim before or during trial.
He has extensive experience of induced accidents, staged accidents, phantom passengers, malingering or exaggerated injury.
He has experience of viewing / advising on contemporaneous audio or video evidence as well as viewing / advising on video surveillance evidence. He is very familiar with Claimant investigations including the analysis and deployment of social media evidence.
He has also uncovered opportunities for alleging Fundamental Dishonesty in trial preparation and successfully run the arguments following cross-examination.
Further he has experience in acting for Claimants where fraud or fundamental dishonesty has been pleaded or raised by way of advising Claimants in conference and/or representing them at trial.View full profile >>
T v S and others (ongoing)
Acting for retailer of a product the use of which lead to the death of the Claimant’s employee in multi defendant contribution claim up the supply chain.
S v A (ongoing)
Acting for homeowners in claim against swimming pool supplier / installer following a fire at the Claimants’ property. Claim brought for breach of contract and/or in negligence.
Williamson v Speedway Motorcycles Limited (2019)
Acted for Defendant Motorcycle vendor in Personal Injury claim arising out of the Claimant’s fall from her motorcycle allegedly caused by the handlebars slipping in their clamp. Instructed from Defence to trial where the claim was ultimately dismissed.
S v E (2019)
Represented Defendant in pedestrian claim pleaded at almost £3m. Complex leg fracture eventually resulting in substantially delayed surgical below knee amputation of leg of a man in his 40s and the loss of his job. Expert evidence included prosthetics, care and accommodation experts on both sides. Successfully concluded at a JSM.
C v X (2018)
Represented Defendant in claim arising out of a fall caused by a falling stack of shopping baskets. Claim included issues of somatoform disorder, conscious / unconscious exaggeration as well as psychogenic (specifically iatrogenic) pain and a complex interplay with the Claimant’s companion / carer. The Defendant took issue with the veracity of some heads of loss. It was successfully concluded at a JSM.
Sheridan v Diamond Domestic Cleaning Services (2017)
Successfully represented the Claimant at separate liability and quantum trials. The Claimant suffered an intra-articular fracture of the femur with a background of pre-existing rheumatoid arthritis. Medical experts from both sides gave evidence at trial. The Claimant’s Part 36 offer was exceeded.
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Personal Injuries Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Advocate (formerly Bar Pro Bono Unit)
Free Representation Unit
Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple
BVC (Bar Vocational Course), College of Law, London
PgDL (Postgraduate diploma in law), College of Law, London
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, Liverpool University
“James is a go-to at Farrar’s for product liability cases, in a range of sectors including chemicals and automotives. He is thorough, quick to respond, and willing to debate issues on cases. He provides unequivocal, well-considered advice.”
David Kidman, Partner Global Casualty and Property, DWF Law LLP (London)
“I have instructed James Plant for a number of years on Personal Injury (Defendant) cases and have been extremely pleased with his results for my clients. His advice is always extremely thorough and his tactical awareness and insightful thinking are most impressive. I have no hesitation at all in recommending James.” Anand Raghupati, Partner Motor, DWF Law LLP (Liverpool)
“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, Partner, BLM (London)
“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 (London)
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 and also has a good understanding of the workings of many different commercial and technical environments.
Primarily James’ time off work is spent with his wife and young children. He enjoys cooking (occasionally competently) and tries to balance this out with sporting endeavours – weight training, running and basketball.
He is also interested in antiques (every so often finding a diamond in the rough at antiques fairs), interior design and gardening.
He always has several books on the go at any one time and one day hopes to finish one again.