"He can quickly get under the skin of the case, all the facts are presented very quickly and addressed."Chambers and Partners 2020
Phil James is "technically very good, has great communication skills and is very user-friendly".Legal 500 2019
"Simply outstanding".Legal 500 2019
Phil James is a 'star performer – he is a real roll up your sleeves type of lawyer who gets things done well'.Legal 500 2017
Phil James has substantial ports and terminals expertise, advising on port liability incidents and regulatory matters.Legal 500 2017
Phil has over 20 years' experience acting on behalf of shipowners, ports, fleet hauliers, their specialist insurers and allied industry organisations. He is highlighted in the latest Legal 500 as "very clear and open in his communication". Described by clients as "being good at evaluating and solving difficult issues" and "bringing comprehensive knowledge to all aspects of port and shipping business", Phil is experienced in all issues arising out of the interaction between ship, port and cargo interests.
Claims expertise includes collisions, unsafe ports, pollution and environmental incidents, bailment and goods in transit, fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries. Risk management and regulatory expertise includes emergency investigation and response to HSE and MCA/MAIB intervention. Business protection expertise includes protection and collection of port revenue and marine recoveries generally. More recent non contentious activity includes project management of all stages of a major marine infrastructure project; from planning and environmental impact issues, through to procurement and contract management and ultimately delivery.