AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
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
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Georgetown University (USA)
Diploma in US Legal Studies
Indiana University (USA)
Master of Laws (LLM)
Chambers UK 2022
"He is very articulate, intelligent and quick, he is well liked by clients and a good choice for more complex work." "He is an opponent you would expect to be on top of his case; he will fight hard for his clients' interests and is a safe pair of hands." "He gives clear advice, is proactive and talks through options and litigation risk."
Chambers UK 2021
"He is very good with clients – he instils confidence in them. He is good on his feet and is always well prepared." "He is an impressive character and invokes trust and confidence from witnesses. He is a sharp cross-examiner, who is very technical in his approach."
Legal 500 2020
"Strengths - Very approachable and down to earth, communicates in an effective way for his audience."
"An excellent advocate who reads the room well. "
Chambers UK 2020
"He has a fantastic presence at tribunal and a good ability to get the judge to see the case our way. He's great at handling the multiple issues which arise in a case and creating a good, clear argument, both orally and in his written submissions."
Chambers UK 2019
"Personable, bright and persuasive. He has a wealth of experience to draw upon." "He instils confidence and is easy to work with."
Legal 500 2019
"He has a reassuring manner with witnesses."
Chambers UK 2018
"He is exceptionally intelligent and quick-thinking."
Legal 500 2018
"Very personable and good on his feet."
Chambers UK 2017
"He's always well prepared and has an excellent manner with clients."
Legal 500 2017
“Extremely effective in complex multi-day cases.”
Who’s Who Legal 2016
“As head of the employment team at Kings Chambers James Boyd “demonstrates considerable talent” and “deep insight” in the practice area”.
Chambers UK 2016
"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."
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