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James Robottom

Barrister, 7 Bedford Row

James Robottom has a multi-disciplinary practice, with particular emphasis on and experience in tort law (including clinical negligence), inquests and inquiries, criminal law, public law, and human rights and equality law.

James’ multi-disciplinary practice allows him to advise in complex claims where practice areas may overlap, particularly in relation to human rights and equality law.

James’ appellate work includes the decisions of the EAT, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court in Onu and Akwiwu [2016] UKSC 31, and the Court of Appeal in Rowstock v Jessemey [2014] 1 WLR 3615, and T v HM Coroner for West Yorkshire [2018] 2 WLR 211.

James is listed as a leading junior in the inquests and inquiries sections of the Legal 500 2019 and Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2019.

James has particular experience in relation to the law of modern slavery and human trafficking. In 2019 he was invited to give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee’s Inquiry into modern slavery. He appeared in the Supreme Court in 2016 in the appeals in Taiwo v Olaigbe and Onu v Akwiwu and is currently instructed in a series of civil claims brought on behalf of human trafficking victims. In 2018 he represented a victim of modern slavery in her successful Criminal Injuries Compensation appeal to the First Tier Tribunal on the basis that servitude constitutes a crime of violence.

James is currently undertaking a PhD at King’s College London on modern slavery, tort, and human rights law. His multi-disciplinary practice allows him to advise in relation to human trafficking and modern slavery cases which intersect several practice areas, domestic and international law.

In 2016 James was nominated for the Bar Pro Bono award for his work on behalf of victims of human trafficking and modern slavery.

James is the Secretary of the Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee of the International Bar Association.