James is a specialist commercial litigator with over 15 years’ experience in dealing with many types of commercial disputes. During that time, he has acted for all types of businesses from sole traders to bluechip PLCs in most courts and tribunals in England and Wales. He started his career working for regional law firms in Yorkshire and spent nearly a decade at an international law firm working as a Director and co-managing a team of 40 paralegals.
James is a pragmatic litigator, who always looks to provide quick, commercial solutions for his clients. He will always strive to avoid the full costs of a trial if at all possible. James has been described by the Legal 500 as “commercially astute” and is currently the Chair of the Law Society’s National Civil Litigation Committee which is responsible for assisting with policy issues and providing training to over 27,000 litigation Solicitors in England & Wales. Since 2014, James has also been the High Court Enforcement Officers Associations Independent Complaints Solicitor presiding over complaints which are monitored by the Lord Chancellor and appealable to the Senior Master of the Royal Courts of Justice. Fortunately, to date, none have ever reached this stage! In recent years, he has also been a part of a professional engagement group for the Ministry of Justice regarding recent online reforms.
James’s main areas of expertise are:
- Breach of contract claims.
- Contentious debt recovery.
- Intellectual property disputes.
- Property disputes.
- Director/Shareholder disputes.
- Matters concerning data protection.
- General civil disputes.
James is also very personable, which is evidenced by a recent testimonial from a happy client.
“A solicitor recommended James Perry to me because of his knowledge of my specific complaint against a bank. After an initial telephone chat with James, he told me he could help with my complaint and a fixed fee was agreed and he produced a letter for me. Barely a week later the complaint was upheld and the matter resolved in my favour. I found James very easy to talk with and he was generous with his time. He is a good guy who wants to help others. I recommend him.”
In his spare time, James likes to spend quality time with his young family. He has two sons who have a keen interest in music and sport. James is also a runner. He would not describe himself as a keen runner although he did run the Loch Ness Marathon for charity when he turned 40. This was his first and last competitive race!