Robert James

Robert James

Bristol The Paragon Counterslip Bristol BS1 6BX
London 20 St Andrew Street London EC4A 3AG
Mobile 07766445109

Partner - Disputes

Robert is a litigation partner who advises on high-value and complex disputes, predominantly for clients within the agricultural sector. Robert’s practice centres on a wide range of commercial disputes and inheritance-type disputes with a particular focus on proprietary estoppel cases.

Robert is ranked as a leading individual in his field by both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners respectively, and has been noted by the legal directories for being “an exceptional operator”, “a top performer in the industry”, “excellent, extremely efficient, very proactive and very personable” and for his “extreme level of detail and Rolls-Royce service”.

Robert’s sector focus and day-to-day dealings with farmers, landowners and agri-businesses has enabled him build a strong understanding of the commercial challenges that face farming businesses and families which allows him to provide a truly specialised level of service and expertise.

Much of Robert’s work is confidential, but a summary of his relevant experience includes:

  • Acting for the appellants in the Supreme Court proprietary estoppel case of Guest v Guest (2021)
  • Acting for the successful claimant son in relation to a £8.5m proprietary estoppel claim in connection with a 650-acre farm near Oxford in the Gee v Gee [2018] case
  • Acting for an outgoing partner during a £6m family farming partnership dispute concerning the extent of partnership property, retirement provisions and its associated accounting
  • Acting for a majority shareholder in an agribusiness company in defending a high value s.994 unfair prejudice petition
  • Acting for a client in connection with claims concerning ownership of land and breach of trust, which involved complex issues of capacity, undue influence and lifetime gifts
  • Advising a large agribusiness on an £8m contractual dispute involving misrepresentation and breach of warranty claims
  • Advising on landmark and multi-million-pound civil proceedings brought by alleged victims of modern slavery, which included aspects of breaches of agricultural wages legislation, gangmasters legislation, contract, personal injury, harassment and human rights
  • Acting for clients in bringing proceedings against a local authority for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office following a wrongful prosecution for breach of environmental regulations
  • Acting for a client in a £3m professional negligence claim against their former solicitors and QC
  • Advising a leading food supplier in connection with defamation, injunctive relief and associated reputational management issues following false media reports

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Clients have described Robert as 'truly professional', 'very able' and 'consistently attentive and supportive'. - Legal 500