James’ practice is predominantly concerned with personal injury litigation, motor fraud and costs. He is recognised by the leading legal directories as a leader in each of these fields. Respected by both those acting for Claimants and for insurers, he receives instructions regularly from leading firms such as DWF, Kennedys and Irwin Mitchell. James also has experience of all aspects of costs and regularly represents a leading legal expenses insurer on matters concerning their ATE products.
James strives to provide pragmatic and prompt advice, whilst recognising that if contested litigation is unavoidable then good preparation is key. Having been in practice now for over 25 years there is little left to surprise him and being calm under pressure is but one of the attributes noted in the comments made by the leading Directories.
James is used to dealing with all aspects of personal injury litigation, including fatal accident claims. He is keen to ensure that the client, whether a lay client or insurer, understands their options and is properly informed and advised as to the best route forward. Whether the case settles at a round-table meeting or is fought through to trial, James will act as a forceful advocate for those who instruct him. James is trained to act as an arbitrator for personal injury cases run through the PIcARBS Scheme.
James’ knowledge of costs law also assists in ensuring that the pragmatic and commercial realities of litigation are addressed throughout. His experience of detailed assessments, and thus the careful consideration of how solicitors’ work, ensures that he understands the importance of a collaborative and pro-active approach to working with solicitors to ensure the best outcome for their client. James is a member of CADR (the Costs ADR service) and is able to offer expert evaluation and early neutral evaluation.
Trained as a PIcARBS Arbitrator.
“A leading costs junior who knows the law on ATE and success fees like the back of his hand.” Chambers & Partners 2017 (Costs)
“He’s a great all-rounder who is quick at turning papers around. You know he’ll fully consider them and look at every bit of detail. His advocacy is great as well.”
Chambers & Partners 2017 (Motor Fraud)
“He tailors his advice to the client. A very good advocate, very well prepared and very good tactically.” Chambers & Partners 2017 (Personal Injury)
“He provides strong technical knowledge and pragmatic advice.” Legal 500 2016 (Costs)
“He is a tough negotiator and an impressive advocate.” Legal 500 2016 (Personal Injury)
“He’s masterful as an advocate and his paperwork is supreme.” Chambers & Partners 2016 (Costs)
“He is always fully prepared, has excellent attention to detail and is very client-focused. He is a pleasure to work with.” Chambers & Partners 2016 (Personal Injury)
“He is a great advocate who is masterful in cross-examination and completely at ease when thrown curve balls.” Legal 500, 2015 (Personal Injury)
“He has great ability to know which cases are sensibly viable.” Legal 500, 2015 (Costs)
“He has a great ability to think on his feet.” Chambers & Partners 2015 (Costs)
“Robust, clear and organised, he takes a very thorough approach to cases.” Chambers & Partners 2015 (Motor Insurance Fraud)
“He is excellent – he takes a lot of time when preparing, is knowledgeable and gets on well with clients. He is very reliable.” Chambers & Partners 2015 (Personal Injury)
“A standout barrister at the cutting edge of costs law, with great advocacy skills.” Legal 500, 2014 (Costs)
“Equally impressive in court and in settlement discussions.” Legal 500, 2014 (Personal Injury)
“He has both great technical knowledge and a pragmatic mindset, making him highly attractive to those that instruct him”. … “He’s very robust and confident in his opinions. From our point of view, time is very often of the essence, and he’s quick at dealing with issues.” Chambers & Partners 2014 (Costs)
“He’s very effective at cross-examining and has the ability to take a witness apart.” “He gives clear, robust advice, his conferences are well-structured and clients find him easy to follow. He’s also a pretty tough negotiator.” Chambers & Partners 2014 (Personal Injury)
“very well prepared, and clever in the way that he approaches the issue” Legal 500, 2013 (Costs)
“James Laughland impresses with his “bullish approach” and “quick turnaround times.” Deemed to be “pure class due to his provision of pragmatic, sensible and punchy advice,” he is more than a match for anyone of his call.” Chambers &Partners 2012 (Personal Injury)
“a pragmatic adviser with notable interpersonal skills. Chambers & Partners 2012 (Costs)
The ‘impressive’ James Laughland is ‘technically very strong in relation to costs law practice, and is a first-class advocate with good judgement and very good on the detail Legal 500, 2011 (Costs)
“a class act” Legal 500, 2011 (Personal Injury)
“a very skilled and measured advocate” Chambers &Partners 2011 (Personal Injury)
“a tough negotiator…robust and meticulous” Chambers & Partners 2011 (Costs)
“a highly efficient and self-assured barrister” Chambers & Partners 2010 (Personal Injury)
A “great lawyer” Legal 500, 2010
“Incisive but laid back, he is an absolutely first-class advocate” Chambers & Partners 2009 (Costs)