James is an international aviation lawyer, with 30 years’ experience of resolving high-profile aviation disputes and accidents worldwide. He is a triple-qualified lawyer in England & Wales, Ireland and New York, and is a licensed helicopter pilot. James also sits part-time as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on wide-ranging civil and commercial disputes.

James has unrivalled experience and understanding of the aviation insurance and reinsurance markets based on his 15 years of working at its heart in London. He has represented families and pilots/crew, as well as aviation insurers and reinsurers in aviation accidents and disputes on six continents (including even Antarctica and Hawaii). Airline, helicopter and business jet accidents are his particular expertise, as are catastrophic/burns-related and high-net-worth injuries. He has a track record of achieving swift settlements at record levels. James has also acted on financial and insurance matters relating to international sanctions and war and all-risks insurance disputes in many jurisdictions.

James is also an accredited mediator and arbitrator with the Royal Aeronautical Society and JAMS (US Judicial and Arbitration Mediation Services), focussing on international financial and commercial disputes. He also sits part-time as HM Coroner in Sussex, hearing a wide range of Inquests, often of a complex nature and with juries.

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