James Boyd

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:
Paul Clarke


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

Chambers UK


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








Manchester University                                                          

Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Georgetown University (USA)                                    

Diploma in US Legal Studies

Indiana University (USA)                                                        

Master of Laws (LLM)



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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