James Woodcock

James Woodcock

Year of Call: 2011


James’ practice encompasses a wide range of civil work, and involves particular specialisms in the fields of personal injury, credit hire and legal costs. James is also regularly instructed to provide advisory services, be it in writing or in conference, and is more than willing to talk through matters on an ad hoc basis, prior to or after instruction. Furthermore, James’ prior experience as a solicitor enables him to take a global, ‘big picture’ view of his cases.


James is an experienced costs practitioner and is regularly instructed in all forms of costs litigation. Having previously worked in a costs draftsman’s firm dealing with high value costs claims arising out of clinical negligence and fatal accidents cases, and having worked as a solicitor-advocate within the costs department of a leading national law firm prior to joining Chambers, James has extensive experience of inter-partes costs litigation, and represents both receiving and paying parties at all stages of the assessment process. James is also instructed in relation to solicitor/own client disputes, including claims for the recovery of success fees, as well as applications for third party/wasted costs orders.

Personal Injury

James is regularly instructed in all types of personal injury litigation, including matters arising out of road traffic accidents (including cases involving allegations of fraud/low velocity impact); accidents at work; and public/occupier’s liability cases. James has extensive experience of dealing with matters of all values and levels of complexity, including a growing multi-track practice.

Credit Hire

James has a particular interest in credit hire litigation, and has significant experience of representing both claimants and defendants in credit hire claims of all values and complexities, including on the multi-track.

Notable Cases

Dearnley v One Insurance (2018) – James successfully represented the claimant in an appeal (by the defendant) against the decision of a Judge on first instance that the contents of a telephone conversation between the credit hire company and the defendant insurer could be considered appropriate evidence for the purposes of establishing the basic hire rate. James also successfully represented the claimant at the original trial.


Visiting Lecturer at the University of Law (Manchester)


2007-2010 – LLB (Hons), University of Nottingham, Upper Second Class

2010-2011 – Bar Professional Training Course, Nottingham Law School, Very Competent

2013-2015 – Legal Practice Course (part-time), BPP Law School, Commendation

Memberships and Associations

2011 – Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Personal Interests

James is a long-suffering fan of Nottingham Forest FC, and is also a keen fan of cricket and American football. James is also a (rather rusty) black-belt in karate, and spends most of his spare time chasing his (selectively deaf) French bulldog around the park.


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