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James joined Aston University in September 2009. Prior to this he was Senior Lecturer in Property Law (University of Buckingham 2007-2009); Senior Lecturer in Property Law (London Metropolitan University 2002-2007); Senior Lecturer in Property Law (London, South Bank University 1992-2002) and Visiting Senior Lecturer in law at Thames and City of London Polytechnic(s) (1989-1991) and Exeter University (2014).

He practised at the Bar of England and Wales from 1990-2002, covering many areas of civil and criminal practice, specialising mainly however in the area of Property Law litigation. 

He is an Editor of Trusts Law International Bloomsbury Professional Publication.

He is a Director of Mooting at Aston and organises internal competitions and also trains students from Aston to take part in external competitions.

Research Interests

Land Law, Equity and Trusts, Contract law, Landlord and tenant law, Housing law, Comparative  Property law, Jurisprudence.

Formerly, Chair Mansfield Law Society. Barrister of Gray's Inn. Director of Legal Research and Director of Mooting.

External Connections and Partnerships

External Examiner in Equity and Trusts, Land Law, Housing Law at University of Westminster. External Examiner at BPP University College in UG LL.B. Equity and Trusts and Jurispurdence and GDL Equity and Trusts.

External Assessor University of London External Programme LL.B.

Member Society of Legal Scholars, Property Section

PhD Supervision

James has experience of supervising PhD Law Students and is willing to consider PhD applications in the fields of property law, land law, equity and trusts, landlord and tenant law, and contract law.

Current supervision of PhD Student researching into the enforceability of non-contractual promises and where this fits into the taxonomy of private law obligations.

James has also examined two doctoral theses at other UK universities.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn.
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Administrative Roles

  • Research Group Convenor, School. (2011 - 2018)
  • Chair of Aston Law Assessments Scrutiny Committee (2009 - 2015)
  • Director of Mooting


Missing Persons Group

In 2011, he was invited to attended a Parliamentary Meeting of the Cross-Parliamentary Missing Persons Group in late 2010 and the follow on Parliamentary Inquiry, at the House of Commons. This Inquiry was aimed at looking into the practical and legal implications of when people go missing. He was particularly keen to assist the Meeting and subsequent Inquiry insofar as it looked into the legal problems encountered when people go missing, in particular the legal implications for the missing person and their friends and family. The existing law relating to Missing Persons is not fit for purpose. This whole area is ripe for law reform and is currently before Parliament, gaining cross party support, where the existing law relating to the 7 year presumption of death and the issue of managing a missing persons legal affairs, in the short term, is being considered.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification




Barrister of Gray's Inn

External positions

External examiner, Reading University

1 Sept 2017 → …

External Examiner, University of Bristol

1 Sept 201631 Jul 2019

External examiner, London Metropolitan University

1 Mar 2016 → …

Editor Trusts Law International

1 Jun 2014 → …

External Examiner, University of Law


External Examiner, University of Westminster


External Examiner, BPP Law School


External Consultant of Curriculum Approval, Design and Development, London Metropolitan University

External Consultant of Curriculum Approval, Design and Development, University of East London


  • K Law (General)
  • Land Law, Equity and Trusts, Contract Landlord and Tenant Law, Jurisprudence


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