Experience

A highly regarded and recognised specialist barrister in all fields of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

Directories

A well-regarded senior junior who covers the full range of EL/PL and RTA claims, including cases where accidents occur abroad. He acts for both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: “He cuts to the chase and finds good angles to work with on complex cases.” “He has an excellent bedside manner with his clients.”
Recent work: Instructed in Randawa v Singh, a seven-figure case where quantum was complicated by the claimant’s intention to move abroad.
Chambers UK 2016

“He has a sure touch with clients, and his knowledge and experience make him a joy to work with.”
Legal 500 2016

“An expert in large loss national and international severe injury claims. He regularly deals with cases concerning multiple, often life-threatening head and back injuries arising from road or work accidents. Strengths: “A very well-liked senior junior who is tenacious, able, organized and innovative. He has a national practice of real standing.”
Chambers UK 2015

“He has a very good grasp of technical medical issues.”
Legal 500 2015

“He has a sure touch with clients, and his knowledge and experience make him a joy to work with.”
Legal 500 2015

Receives consistent acclaim for his handling of high-value, highly complex catastrophic injury and fatality cases. He is recommended in particular for his technical expertise on matters such as schedules of loss.
Expertise: “He cuts to the chase and provides good angles on complex cases.” “He’s really busy and good at juggling quite a few plates in the air. He’s an excellent drafter of schedules and a nice guy to work with.”
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a case involving devastating catastrophic injuries that resulted in cauda equine syndrome.
Chambers UK 2014

“He is very hardworking and clients have confidence in him.”
Legal 500 2014

Education

University College Cardiff (LLB Hons)

Professional Memberships

Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA), American Bar Association (ABA), American Association for Justice (AAJ) [formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers America], Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA), Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA)

Languages

French

Randhawa v Singh

James Bell represented the Claimant, who relocated to California,  in this high value ($2M), lower limb amputee, with complex pain problems claim. Cross border issues arose in relation to living/care/prosthetic costings, discount rate and PPOs, as well as US tax liabilities.


Allen v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

James Bell, instructed by Wilkin Chapman, represented a middle aged woman who lost sight in one eye due to a failure to monitor and treat her vision. Breach of duty was admitted but causation and quantum remained contested.


Neal v Leicester Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

James Bell, instructed by Mansfield Solicitors, represented a middle aged woman who lost function in one kidney, with reduced function in the other and is now at risk of suffering from End Stage Renal Failure. Causation and quantum were in issue.


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Thank you for choosing to instruct me in your case. I will need to collect and hold your personal information in order to represent you. I will take all possible steps to protect your personal information. I will ensure that I do nothing that would infringe your rights or undermine your trust. This Privacy Notice describes the information I collect about you, how it is used and shared, and your rights regarding that information.

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I am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as a Data Controller with regards to the personal data that I hold and process as a barrister. My registered address is Temple Garden Chambers, 1 Harcourt Buildings, London EC4Y 9DA and my registration number is Z4640522.

Data Collection

The vast majority of the information that I hold about you is provided to or gathered by me in the course of your case and/or proceedings. Your solicitor and/or I will inform you why we need the information and how we will use it.

Our Lawful Basis for processing your information

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I do not use automated decision-making in the processing of your personal data.

I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. This includes:

Client data

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I do not transfer any personal data to third countries or international organisations.

I retain your personal data while you remain a client unless you ask me to delete it. My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:

  • There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
  •  I am legally required to; or
  • There are overriding legitimate business interests, including but not limited to, fraud prevention and protecting customers’ safety and security.

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