James started his training contract in March 2021, and is due to qualify in April 2023. He has a specific interest in inquiry and inquest work and has spent most of his time at Hudgells working on the Manchester Arena public inquiry.
James also has an interest in actions brought against the police and cases in which Article 2 ECHR is engaged.
What I love most about this role and this department are the moments where clients thank you for the support you have offered. The clients I work with have often been through an unimaginably difficult time and to be in a position where you can provide even the most minimal relief to this burden is a privilege. Whether it is explaining a complex legal process or simply being a familiar presence during difficult hearings, supporting clients is what I find most fulfilling. I think it is easy to work hard when this is your motivation.
I was recently involved in the inquest into the death of Jack Barnes. I worked on this case in March 2020 in that life-changing week where it became clear the pandemic was very serious. After 10 months of adjournment the inquest was resumed, and the Coroner ruled the death as an unlawful killing. I was so relieved that Jack’s family were able to finally achieve justice after such a long wait.
Career, qualifications and memberships
- LLB Law from Newcastle University
- Currently studying LPC at University of Law in Manchester.
- Manchester Trainee Solicitors Group
- Junior Lawyers Against Poverty