James Plant

His advice is always extremely thorough and his tactical awareness and insightful thinking are most impressive.

Anand Raghupati, Partner Motor, DWF Law LLP (Liverpool)


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 also advises and represents individuals, businesses and insurance companies in a wide range of contractual and tortious matters.

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Notable Cases

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.

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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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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 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

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Appointments & Memberships

Personal Injuries Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

Advocate (formerly Bar Pro Bono Unit)

Free Representation Unit

Education & Qualifications

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)

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 and also has a good understanding of the workings of many different commercial and technical environments.

Personal Interests

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.