Barrister James Robottom

James Robottom

Year of call: 2009  

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“He really stands out. He always goes the extra mile for clients.”

Legal 500 2019

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Overview


James has a multi-disciplinary practice, with particular emphasis on and experience in tort law (including clinical negligence), inquests and inquiries, criminal law, public law, and human rights and equality law. James’ multi-disciplinary practice allows him to advise in complex claims where practice areas may overlap, particularly in relation to human rights and equality law.

James’ appellate work includes the decisions of the EAT, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court in Onu and Akwiwu [2016] UKSC 31, and the Court of Appeal in Rowstock v Jessemey [2014] 1 WLR 3615, and T v HM Coroner for West Yorkshire [2018] 2 WLR 211.

James is listed as a leading junior in the inquests and inquiries sections of the Legal 500 2019 and Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2019.

James has particular experience in relation to the law of modern slavery and human trafficking. In 2019 he was invited to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s Inquiry into modern slavery. He appeared in the Supreme Court in 2016 in the appeals in Taiwo v Olaigbe and Onu v Akwiwu and is currently instructed in a series of civil claims brought on behalf of human trafficking victims. In 2018 he represented a victim of modern slavery in her successful Criminal Injuries Compensation appeal to the First Tier Tribunal on the basis that servitude constitutes a crime of violence. James is currently undertaking a PhD at King’s College London on modern slavery, tort, and human rights law. His multi-disciplinary practice allows him to advise in relation to human trafficking and modern slavery cases which intersect several practice areas, domestic and international law.

James’ recent work includes the EHRC’s assessment of Premier League football clubs’ compliance with their equality law duties towards disabled supporters; being instructed by victims of the Windrush scandal to bring civil claims against the Home Office, advising the EHRC on the provision of reasonable adjustments to defendants with mental disabilities in the criminal justice system, advising the CPS in relation to the prosecutions arising from the Hillsborough disaster; a claim against a Local Authority Adoption Agency for race discrimination in approving couples of adoption, and several high-profile inquests.

James is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Panel of preferred counsel, is a Grade 3 Crown Prosecutor, and is on the Serious Fraud Office Panel of Counsel at B level.

In 2016 James was nominated for the Bar Pro Bono award for his work on behalf of victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

James is the Secretary of the Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee of the International Bar Association.

James’ directory quotes include:

“He is very good at explaining things to clients and being easily accessible” Legal 500 2016

“He is very impressive in complex cases, and he can do a very broad range of work which is helpful in inquests where specialisms can overlap” Legal 500 2016

“Thorough, enthusiastic and bright; he is one to watch.” Legal 500 2015

“He is really understanding,  and has a really in depth knowledge of the mental health system” Legal 500 2015

“He was measured, took the points well and knew how to pick his battles, asking the questions that needed to be asked while ensuring the jury was engaged” Legal 500 2015

 

 

Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence


James advises on a range of types of clinical claims, including failure to diagnose, incompetent surgical procedures, and inadequate risk management. His clinical negligence practice is closely linked with his extensive inquest experience.

Memberships


  • AvMa

Inquests & Judicial Review Human Rights Act Cases

Inquests & Judicial Review


James has extensive experience representing bereaved families at lengthy clinical inquests and in subsequent civil claims. He is listed as an up and coming junior in inquests and public inquiries in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2014, which states:

“He is really understanding, and has a really in-depth knowledge of the mental health system.” “He was measured, took the points well and knew how to pick his battles, asking the questions that needed to be asked while ensuring the jury was engaged.”

http://www.chambersandpartners.com/person/1241979/14

James’ recent inquest work includes:

Representing the family of Tallulah Wilson, who took her own life in October 2012 after having become involved with self-harm and suicide related blogs and websites. The case received nationwide media coverage:

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Representing the brother of Patrick Whiting at the Article 2 ECHR, jury inquest into his death. Patrick hanged himself following multiple failures on the part of the mental health trust charged with his care:

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Representing the family of Gwendolen Bingham, who died following a successful knee replacement revision operation, as a result of a failure to monitor and adequately care for her in hospital over during a weekend, leading to renal failure.

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Representing the family of George Mason, an elderly dementia patient, and known wandering risk, who was allowed to go missing repeatedly from a care home before he tragically drowned in the river Chelmer.

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Human Rights Act Cases


James has particular expertise in the relationship between clinical care and human rights law. He regularly acts for and advises clients in relation to the positive and negative duties under Articles 2, 3, 4, and 8 ECHR. He has particular experience in relation to both the operative and systemic substantive duties under Article 2 ECHR.

Financial Crime

Financial Crime


James has expertise in extradition, complex fraud, public and human rights law, and international criminal law. He is regularly instructed as a junior on high profile complex fraud matters, both in the UK and in offshore jurisdictions.

After gaining tenancy James spent 9 months on secondment at Peters & Peters LLP where he gained experience and expertise in complex fraud, extradition, international sanctions, export control and corruption cases.

Before coming to the bar, James gained an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s College London (KCL), for which he gained a distinction, was top in his year, and won the KCL Directors Prize in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is a former visiting tutor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at KCL and has published and has particular academic expertise in prisons, sentencing, parole and human rights law. In 2011 his report on prison conditions in Jamaica, with an overview by Alison McDonald and Tim Owen QC, and an afterword by Baroness Stern, was published by the Death Penalty Project.

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Memberships


  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
Crime

Crime


James appears regularly on behalf of both Defendants and the CPS in the crown court. He has extensive trial experience including matters involving allegations of robbery, burglary, serious assaults, possession of firearms, sexual offences and dangerous driving. James is a grade 2 prosecution advocate.

Before coming to the bar, James gained an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s College London (KCL), for which he gained a distinction, was top in his year, and won the KCL Directors Prize in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is a former visiting tutor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at KCL and has published and has particular academic expertise in prisons, sentencing, parole and human rights law. In 2011 his report on prison conditions in Jamaica, with an overview by Alison McDonald and Tim Owen QC, and an afterword by Baroness Stern, was published by the Death Penalty Project. The report can be viewed here.

Employment

Employment


James advises and represents claimants and respondents in employment disputes. He has particular expertise in relation to equality law in the employment field. His appellate employment law experience includes Taiwo v Olgaibe and Onu v Akwiwu concerning race discrimination and immigration status in the EAT, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court [2016] UKSC 31; and Rowstock v Jessemey [2014] ICR 550 in the Court of Appeal on post-termination victimisation and EU law.

James is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of preferred counsel. He has particular experience in relation to the increasingly important area of discrimination in the provision of services. He advised the EHRC throughout its 2016-2018 assessment of Premier League football clubs’ compliance with their equality law duties towards disabled supporters, which resulted in a formal Equality Act 2006 agreement being reached with Chelsea FC and major changes to disabled supporter provision across Premier League clubs. He has been instructed in services disputes in relation to the provision of reasonable adjustments for hearing impaired fans at gigs, the select of couples for approval for adoption, and access to retail stores.

Memberships


  • Employment Lawyers Association

Employment Cases


  • Onu v Akwiwu [2014] EWCA Civ 279, UKEAT/0283/12/RN, [2013] IRLR 523 EAT: A leading Court of Appeal authority on two important points of law: the first relating to the existence of post-termination victimisation claims in the light of a.108 of the Equality Act 2010 (where it was heard alongside the lead authority of Rowstock Ltd v Jessemey [2014] ICR 550) – The second concerning the validity of race discrimination claims in a migrant worker/human trafficking context [2014] ICR 571
Personal Injury

Personal Injury


James represents claimants and defendants and regularly appears in a variety of fast track and multi-track claims. He has particular experience in relation to claims for trespass against the person, including assault and false imprisonment; human rights law; actions against the police and inquests. He is currently instructed on a series of claims in relation to injuries suffered by victims of human trafficking.

Public Law

Public Law


James regularly advises on human rights law issues and judicial review proceedings – with particular experience in relation to inquest proceedings.

James has extensive experience representing bereaved families at high profile inquests and in subsequent civil claims, including for clinical negligence and claims under the Human Rights Act 1998. His inquest experience covers Article 2 inquests in relation to prisoners and patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983; deaths in care homes, and suicide amongst young persons.

He is listed as an up and coming junior in inquests and public inquiries in Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2014, which states:

“He is really understanding, and has a really in-depth knowledge of the mental health system.” “He was measured, took the points well and knew how to pick his battles, asking the questions that needed to be asked while ensuring the jury was engaged.”

http://www.chambersandpartners.com/person/1241979/14

James’ recent inquest work includes:

Representing the family of Tallulah Wilson, who took her own life in October 2012 after having become involved with self-harm and suicide related blogs and websites. The case received nationwide media coverage.

Representing the brother of Patrick Whiting at the Article 2 ECHR, jury inquest into his death. Patrick hanged himself following multiple failures on the part of the mental health trust charged with his care.

Representing the family of Gwendolen Bingham, who died following a successful knee replacement revision operation, as a result of a failure to monitor and adequately care for her in hospital over during a weekend, leading to renal failure.

Representing the family of George Mason, an elderly dementia patient, and known wandering risk, who was allowed to go missing repeatedly from a care home before he tragically drowned in the river Chelmer.

 

Memberships


  • Inquest Lawyers Association

How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or by email.

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