James Hurd

James Hurd

Year of call:

1994, Gray's Inn

Contact:

James Hurd

Appointments:

Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) - appointed 2007 and re-appointed 2010 and 2015
Legal Assessor to the Health and Care Professions Council (2010)

Associations:

Personal Injury Bar Association
Employment Law Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Education:

LLB (Hons) University of Birmingham

James is described by the Legal 500 as a Leading Junior on the Northern Circuit in relation to both Personal Injury and Employment work. 

James is regularly instructed by insurers in relation to fraud cases.

He has a vast amount of experience in advising and conducting road traffic trials involving:

  • Staged accidents/exaggerated claims & phantom passengers,
  • Fraud rings and linked accident claims,
  • Late notification of claims defences,
  • Bogus/opportunistic injury claims, 
  • Low speed impact defences,
  • Disputed causation/inconsistent medical records/credibility issues,
  • Intelligence gathering and inconsistent social media evidence,  
  • Exceptions to QOWCS, fundamental dishonesty and Section 57 of the Criminal Justice & Courts Act 2015.   

James also acts on behalf of travel/tour operators defending fraud allegations in holiday illness litigation at trial add advising on:

  • Breach of duty under section 15 of the Package Travel Regulations 1992,
  • Bogus/exaggerated food poisoning claims and widespread claims farming from hotels/resorts,  
  • Causation and expert evidence post Wood v TUI Travel,
  • Intelligence gathering and use of social media evidence to defeat claims,  
  • Exceptions to QOWCS, fundamental dishonesty and Section 57 of the Criminal Justice & Courts Act 2015.  

Representative examples of James's personal injury and employment practice can be downloaded from the CVs set out above.  James combines his technical ability with practicality - always having a strong focus on the commercial realities of any situation.  He is both approachable and friendly and prides himself on his excellent reputation for providing a high standard of customer service and an efficient turnaround on paperwork.    

As an accredited public access barrister, James is able to accept advice and advocacy work directly from individuals or businesses through the Public Access Scheme, and is happy to discuss fixed fee or retainer rates for such work.

As part of a continuing commitment to building and enhancing client relationships, James regularly gives training seminars to clients on legal developments.  He is happy to devise bespoke training, tailored to clients’ requirements, to deliver at their businesses.

Outside of work, James enjoys creative writing, music, football, classic cars and motorcycles, cinema, and travel. James is a published author, with his debut novel, 'A Bold Deceiver', being set in Manchester in the 1990's (see http://www.abolddeceiver.co.uk for further details) 

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – ranked Tier 1
“Clients appreciate his practical advice.”

Legal 500 2019


Employment – ranked Tier 1
“Congenial, sagacious and conscientious.”

Legal 500 2019


"He has great client communication skills."

Legal 500 2017


"He is knowledgeable, approachable and quickly turns work around."

Legal 500 2017


"An assertive cross-examiner with excellent judgement."

Legal 500 2016


"Always turns work around in a very reasonable time and is punctual in returning instructions."

Legal 500 2015


"He does not give up easily, and demonstrates unflagging enthusiasm throughout the case."

Legal 500 2015


Knowledgeable, practical and helpful

Legal 500 2014


He makes well-timed decisions to meet the needs of the situation.

Legal 500 2014


works very hard, and relishes a good challenge

Legal 500 2013


a very good grasp of complex factual and legal issues

Legal 500 2012


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