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Overview

James read law at the University of Bristol. He was then awarded a Blackstone Scholarship by the Middle Temple.

He practised at KCH Garden Square in Nottingham for many years, before moving to Ropewalk Chambers in 2014.

He is highly experienced in the fields of property related litigation and commercial disputes of all types. He also has a specialised practice in CMR (carriage of goods by road).

James' approach is to understand the client's position, advise in clear non-technical language what the options are and guide the client to a practical and commercially sensible outcome.

He regularly acts for and against local authorities and is familiar with the working and culture of local government.

He accepts instructions from professionals other than solicitors as well as direct access instructions.

He is a qualified arbitrator and mediator.

Away from the Bar, his interests include architectural history, political history and acting as the armourer to one competitive and two club fencers. He loves jazz and classical music but can't play a note.

Property and Chancery

James is highly experienced in the field of property related litigation, including:

  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Easements
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Inclosure awards
  • Mortgages
  • Misrepresentation
  • Local government related disputes
  • Arbitrations
  • Leases
  • Guarantees
  • Professional negligence

Commercial

James has wide experience in commercial disputes of all types, including:

  • Business contracts
  • Partnerships
  • Companies
  • Liquidation
  • Commercial fraud
  • Insurance
  • Restraint of trade
  • Partnership
  • Professional negligence

CMR

James has a niche practice in CMR � carriage of goods by road. His work covers all aspects of this specialist area, whether advisory or litigious.

Notable cases

Fitzhugh v Fitzhugh [2012] EWCA Civ 694 (property law; licence to occupy land).

Recommendations

Recent recommendations for James include:

"James Howlett is noted for his Chancery work, which includes boundary disputes, easements and restrictive covenants."

Legal 500 - Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency and Banking

"He has a wide-ranging chancery and commercial practice and has 'encyclopaedic knowledge of land law and related issues."

Legal 500 - Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency and Banking

Notable Cases

Recommendations

Recent recommendations for James include:

"James Howlett is noted for his Chancery work, which includes boundary disputes, easements and restrictive covenants."

Legal 500 - Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency and Banking

"He has a wide-ranging chancery and commercial practice and has 'encyclopaedic knowledge of land law and related issues."

Legal 500 - Chancery, Commercial, Insolvency and Banking

Areas of Work

  • Property and Chancery
  • Commercial
  • CMR - Carriage of Goods by Road
  • Employment

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association

Recent News

  • Successful Representation in Public Inquiry

    James Howlett has successfully represented a Derbyshire farmer in a public inquiry resisting an attempt by the British Horse Society to upgrade a footpath over the farm to bridleway status. Careful analysis of the evidence led to the Inspector’s dismissal of the application, because the Society failed to establish sufficient use by horse riders over the required twenty year period.

  • Latest Decision in Planning Case

    James Howlett successfully appeared for a land owner resisting a highway authority’s attempt to prove that a public footpath crossed its industrial land. The case was unusual because the planning inspector accepted that although the public had used the footpath for the necessary twenty years, the use was by permission and not as of right because of the terms of a contract made between the land owner and the highway authority’s predecessor as long ago as 1915.

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