James Megarry has a busy multi-disciplinary practice across chambers’ core areas, including civil, criminal and family law.
In his civil practice, James regularly acts for claimants and defendants in high value fast-track trials and small claims hearings. He has appeared in various interlocutory civil matters, and is well experienced in costs disputes, credit hire, and stage 3 hearings. James also has a growing paper practice, and accepts instructions to settle pleadings and advices.
James already undertakes sophisticated family work, and has appeared in care-proceedings, fact-finding hearings, and a range of private law disputes. He acts for local authorities and parents in interim and final hearings, where there are often grave allegations at issue.
James appears regularly in Crown Courts and Magistrates’ Courts across the country. As a prosecutor, he has secured convictions in numerous matters, including trials for ABH and strangulation. He routinely deals with mentions and sentencing in cases with serious charges. James has also gained experience in defence work and, in May 2023, was instructed for a week as junior on a murder trial.
James is keen to expand his practice in employment law, having volunteered as an advocate for the Free Representation Unit, prior to commencing his pupillage. He has appeared before the Employment Tribunal, and has worked on several cases, including claims for unfair dismissal and the unlawful deduction of wages. During pupillage, James was supervised by Jeffrey Jupp, and drafted advices and skeleton arguments in relation to Equality Act disputes.
James accepts instructions on commercial matters: before beginning his career at the Bar, he worked as a paralegal at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.
During his pupillage, James was supervised by Craig Carr and Gareth Weetman, as well as Jeffrey Jupp.
Some examples of James’ current and recent work are detailed below.
2016-2019- Durham University- BA Hons in History: First Class Honours
2019-2020- City Law School- Graduate Diploma in Law: Distinction
2020-2021- City Law School- Bar Vocational Studies: Distinction
Queen Mother Scholar 2020 (Middle Temple)
Academic Excellence Scholar 2020 (City Law School)
Academic Excellence Scholar 2019 (City Law School).
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