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James Legg

Degree: BPTC (College of Law)
LLM International Law – University College London
LLB Law (London Metropolitan University)

Year of call: 2011
Inn of Court: Middle Temple
Practice areas: Family - Children (Private and Public), Financial Remedies, and Enforcement

Civil - Contract, Road Traffic Accidents/Personal Injury, Residential Property/Housing, Leasehold Valuation Tribunals, Consumer Credit, Debt, Enforcement

International Law - Engaged as a consultant in the areas of International Human Rights, Criminal Law and Conflict of Laws

Profile: James joined Northampton Chambers having completed his pupillage under the supervision of the Head of Chambers, Maria Savvides, and Mr. Robert Pettitt. During this time he gained a wealth of experience within the broad spectrum of Chambers’ work.


James has a keen interest in all areas of family law and has a level of experience beyond his year of call gained through having been instructed in many complex and difficult cases, including those in the following fields:

Public law: representing local authorities, parents, guardians and prospective special guardians in care proceedings, from case management hearings through to lengthy final hearings and appeals. James frequently appears in proceedings involving vulnerable clients, cross-examination of expert witnesses and jurisdictional issues.

Private law: applications for Child Arrangements Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders and Specific Issue Orders, including matters of residence, contact, change of name, schooling, removal of children from the jurisdiction and issues of surrogacy. James also has a particular expertise in cases involving suspected parental alienation.

Family finance: all aspects of financial settlement proceedings including matters relating to transfers of tenancy, enforcement, applications for interim relief such as maintenance pending suit applications and trust disputes. James has recently been instructed in cases involving complex cross-continental property disputes and involving third-party intervenors. .

Additionally, James frequently advises and represents clients in proceedings relating to enforcement of child maintenance payments, declaration of parentage, non-molestation and occupation orders.


Prior to joining Chambers, James gained considerable civil litigation experience through regularly appearing in County Courts and the High Court as a solicitor’s agent. He has appeared on behalf of national and international financial institutions, housing associations, companies and individuals in a broad spectrum of civil matters. Cases in which James was instructed included disputes relating to contract, property, employment, consumer credit, insolvency and personal injury. His civil litigation experience was compounded during the course of his employment with the highly rated civil litigation firm, Peters & Peters, where he provided assistance on a number of high profile cases.

James’ civil practice has continued to flourish during his time with Northampton Chambers and he continues to offer advice and representation in the areas described above. He also appears in the First Tier Tribunal (formerly the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal) and represented Nuneaton Borough Council in relation to an application for dispensation and reasonableness of service charges.


In addition to his experience within the courts of this jurisdiction, James has drafted legal submissions to the Supreme Court of Cambodia on behalf of a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Member of the Cambodian Parliament when working for the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights in Phnom Penh. He also spent time providing legal assistance to inmates facing the death penalty in prisons across northern-eastern Botswana and has worked alongside the Law Society of England and Wales in responding to international human rights abuses.

James has also worked as a consultant with the highly reputable city firm, McCue & Partners. In this role he provided advice and practical assistance in an international dispute relating to government backed investment portfolios.

James is dedicated to utilising his skills to benefit his community and has provided pro-bono family and civil law assistance at community centres. He has worked with the Citizen’s Advice branch in Northampton on a pro-bono basis.  


‘Bitcoin: beyond restraint?’ – Peters & Peters Solicitors 2014

‘A ‘Bit’ less tax’ – Peters & Peters Solicitors 2014

‘An Alternative Standard’ – Various local publications - 2015

‘A Fighting Chance (Part 1)’ – Various local publications - 2016

‘A Fighting Chance (Part 2)’ – Various local publications - 2016

Languages: James speaks basic Afrikaans, Setswana, French and Spanish.

Interests: Having been raised in southern Africa, James has a keen interest in all sports and represented Botswana at junior international cricket tournaments. He currently plays cricket, hockey and football competitively. James is also an ardent long distance runner, having completed the Cologne Marathon and a number of half-marathons. He is also unfortunate enough to be a diehard Newcastle United fan.
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