James’s particular area of interest is in family law, and finds his ‘problem solving approach’ particularly effective in guiding people through tough times in their personal lives.
He has been a solicitor on the Island since 1996 and while he has experience in areas such as crime, civil litigation and employment law it is the family that has been his continual interest. In 2010 he became the first solicitor on the Island to train as a family mediator, a way of avoiding the unpleasantness, time and expense associated with going to court. By inviting the couple to sit with him for a discussion in a controlled and organised environment he is able to steer them towards the most positive outcome, for them and their children.
He does enjoy the cut and thrust of Court though, and has proved effective in his other main specialist area, employment law, representing employee or employer.
James is a keen jazz musician. He runs the annual Newport Jazz Weekend, and organises many music events at the Quay Arts Centre. He is also a keen cricketer: as well as having been Chairman of the Isle of Wight Cricket Board between 2006 and 2010, he is also nearing the career landmark of 10,000 runs for Shanklin CC.