James is described by the Legal 500 as a Leading Junior on the Northern Circuit in relation to both Personal Injury and Employment work. Being able to be considered a respected expert in both practice areas gives James a somewhat unique position in Chambers. He is able to combine solid, strong advocacy with sensitive intelligence. He is able to distil issues down to their key elements, understand and advance key arguments and do so while remaining calm and in control. 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.
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)
James undertakes multi track personal injury litigation on behalf of both Claimants and Defendant insurers. He also receives regular instructions on behalf of other institutional Defendants in the public sector.
He is often instructed in cases of high value/catastrophic injuries, requiring expert evidence and the drafting of extensive and complex schedules and counter schedules of loss. He deals with complex trials, as well as advising on paper and in conference.
He also has a huge amount of experience in conducting Joint Settlement Meetings:
As a keen motorcyclist, he is also often instructed in relation to motorcycle claims. He has a detailed knowledge and personal experience from riding for over 30 years. Road traffic and highways work from a considerable part of his practice and he is regularly instructed by Defendant insurers in relation to fraud cases where fundamental dishonesty is alleged.
He has a vast amount of experience in advising and conducting road traffic claims, including:
James also acts on behalf of travel/tour operators defending fraud allegations in holiday illness litigation and accidents abroad.
James mainly undertakes Respondent work in the Employment Tribunal. He has considerable expertise in dealing with complex discrimination and whistle-blowing ET cases, especially in the public sector. Recent examples include:
James frequently advises both Claimants and Defendant insurers on issues that span both employment and personal injury law, such as claims for psychiatric injury in the workplace, stress at work, and bullying/harassment claims pursuant to the Harassment Act 1997. James also has an excellent understanding of disciplinary and regulatory law. He sists as a Legal Assessor for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and as a Legal Advisor to Social Work England.
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 or remotely.
Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel) - appointed 2007 and re-appointed 2010, 2015 and 2020 (A Panel)
Legal Assessor to the Health and Care Professions Council (2010)
Legal Assessor for Social Work England (2019)
Deputy District Judge (2022)
Personal Injury Bar Association
Employment Law Bar Association
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
LLB (Hons) University of Birmingham
James Hurd is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about James Hurd can be found here.
James Hurd's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he provides. The Employment clerks contact details can be found here, and the Personal Injury clerks contact details can be found here. It is most common for James Hurd to undertake Court or Tribunal for a fixed fee or brief fee plus additional refresher days. For advisory work, drafting and conferences it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate, although fixed fees are available. Conditional Fee Agreements will be considered in cases with favourable prospects of success. James Hurd will typically return paperwork within 14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales.
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