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James Mitchell

Call 2018


James joined Maitland in September 2019 after successfully completing his pupillage under the supervision of Laurie Scher, Narinder Jhittay, Jonathan Allcock and Tim Calland. James is building a busy commercial chancery practice across a broad spectrum of Chambers’ work, and he regularly appears in the County Court and High Court. James is happy to be instructed as sole counsel or as part of a team, and on an urgent basis.

During pupillage James gained extensive experience across Chambers’ practice areas including: bankruptcy and insolvency issues; civil fraud; commercial disputes (including banking and financial services law); company law; landlord and tenant matters; and property disputes.

Examples of James’ current and recent work include:

  • Sole advocate for the successful defendant in a 2-day multi-track trial in the Central London County Court concerning the sale of the beneficial interest under a trust of a property, which raised issues about formalities for such a transaction, equitable assignment and proprietary estoppel.
  • Assisting (led by Thomas Grant QC and Maxim Cardew) in a complicated family dispute raising issues about fiduciary duties and the giving of an account.
  • Appeared, successfully, in the High Court on a without notice application obtaining an urgent abridgement of time to serve possession proceedings against trespassers.
  • Advising and drafting proceedings in a number of commercial and property disputes, and appearing in numerous bankruptcy or insolvency matters.

James’ clerks are happy to discuss the terms on which he accepts instructions. However, in the absence of written agreement otherwise, James accepts instructions on the BSB’s Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Services by Barristers to Authorised Persons (2012) (as updated for the GDPR in 2018). A link to those terms can be found here.

Before starting pupillage, James read law as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge and read for the Bachelors of Civil Law at the University of Oxford. James was also a research assistant for the Secured Transaction Law Reform Project, which is an academic project aiming to set a framework for uniformly reforming the law about taking security over personal property. This work included conducting research about a number of different legal systems.


BPTC, BPP University: Outstanding (2018)
BCL, University of Oxford (University College) (2017). James read papers on Commercial Remedies, Corporate Insolvency Law, Legal Concepts of Financial Law, and Restitution of Unjust Enrichment.
BA (Law), University of Cambridge (Downing College): First (2016)


Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2018)
Hardwick Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2017)
Seton Scholar, Downing College (2016)
Clifford Chance CJ Hamson Prize for Aspects of Obligations, University of Cambridge (2016)
Wilsey and Lerch Scholar, Downing College (2015)

Professional Memberships

Chancery Bar Association