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.