James Boyd



36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Colin Griffin
Paul Clarke




James is Head of the Employment team at Kings Chambers. He undertakes work for both employers and employees. He tends to be instructed in multi-day cases around the whole of the UK (including Scotland and Northern Ireland).

NHS Clients James has acted for include: Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust, Barnsley Primary Care Trust, Central & Eastern Cheshire NHS Trust, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Kirklees Primary Care Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester NHS Trust, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust, Wakefield District Primary Care Trust

He has also acted for the following non-NHS clients including: MBNA Bank of America, British Nuclear Fuels, British Telecom, Burton Foods, DHL, Iveco, Jark PLC, JD Wetherspoon, London Waste, , Phones4U, Roadchef, Shop Direct, Tigi International, The Association of Labour Providers (Gangmaster Licensing Act appeals), The Gangmasters Licensing Authority, Manchester City FC, Queen’s Park Rangers FC, Paul Stretford (Wayne Rooney’s agent), Yorkshire Cricket Club, Manchester University, Nelson & Colne College, Liverpool John Moores University, The Manchester College, Cheshire West County Council, Denbighshire County Council, Salford City Council, Liverpool City Council, Sefton Borough Council, Ruthin School, St. Brigid’s School, Merseyside Police Authority.

Year of Call: 1994

Areas of Expertise
  • Employment


"James is exceptionally intelligent and quick-thinking." "He's always well prepared and has an excellent manner with clients." Chambers and Partners 2017

'Extremely effective in complex multi-day cases.’ Legal 500 2017

“As head of the employment team at Kings Chambers James Boyd “demonstrates considerable talent” and “deep insight” in the practice area”. Who’s Who Legal 2016

“At Kings Chambers, James Boyd is a “hard, no nonsense barrister”. He is instructed in multi-day tribunal claims and has acted for the likes of Bank of America, Manchester City FC and Liverpool John Moores University” Who’s Who Legal 2015

Strengths: "He's good with clients, his technical knowledge is brilliant and he's calm and calculated." "He has a versatile advocacy style, choosing whether to be firm or to take a more softly softly approach - he's adaptable." – Chambers and Partners 2016 – Ranked in Band 1

“Proficient in all employment law areas, including  matters such as unfair or wrongful dismissal, discrimination and TUPE cases.
Expertise: "He is approachable and very helpful, and also very clear, concise and sharp - clients find him very impressive." "He is great with clients and really puts witnesses at ease." – Chambers and Partners 2015 – Ranked in Band 1

“An employment specialist whose practice is principally focussed on representing employers. He works with a broad range of clients including local authorities and NHS Trusts. Expertise: “He has the ability to make the Employment Tribunal experience enjoyable for witnesses. They leave the hearing with a degree of confidence as he takes the time to nurture and educate the client and witnesses” – Chambers and Partners 2014 – Ranked in Band 1

”James Boyd of Kings Chambers is an experienced employment specialist who counts NHS entities, local authorities and large multinational companies among his client base. He impresses with his "ability to cut quickly to the heart of the matter" and with his "commercial and pragmatic approach" to cases.” – Chambers and Partners 2013

“James Boyd is ‘one of the strongest barristers in the North West’, able to ‘get to grips quickly with a case, notwithstanding any complexity’ and is a ‘skilful and commanding advocate’ …” – Legal 500 2011

“James Boyd … is renowned for, among other things, his expertise in TUPE cases arising from insolvency and gangmaster licensing. Commentators attest to his being “particularly good at taking the fear out of the litigation process”” – Chambers and Partners 2011

“… James Boyd has a reputation as “something of a ‘silent assassin’ due to the quiet, fuss-free way he goes about ripping his opponents to shreds. He is a particularly good choice for high-profile sensitive litigation”” – Chambers and Partners 2010

“He really understands the barrister-solicitor relationship and is extremely good at managing the client” “He’s not a Rumpole type but more of a silent assassin” – Chambers and Partners 2009

“… very bright, thorough and client friendly advocate” “… smooth practitioner” – Chambers and Partners 2008

“He knows what he is doing and has a good robust approach” “Terrific advocate” – Chambers and Partners 2007




Manchester University                                                          

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Georgetown University (USA)                                    

Diploma in US Legal Studies

Indiana University (USA)                                                        

Master of Laws (LLM)


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