James is a Senior Disease Solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, with 25 years of legal experience at the firm. Based in the Occupational Disease Team in Birmingham, James is adept at handling various complex cases, particularly in industrial diseases.
His specialisation covers an extensive range of industrial conditions, including repetitive strain injuries such as Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULD), conditions stemming from exposure to hazardous substances under COSHH regulations, and various respiratory and lung diseases like asthma, COPD, and silicosis.
James is also well-versed in dealing with skin disease claims, including dermatitis, as well as occupational deafness, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and acoustic shock. His expertise extends to managing cases involving exacerbations of pre-existing conditions and needle stick injuries.
James has skillfully managed nearly 4,000 cases throughout his career, offering representation to clients from diverse occupational backgrounds. This includes employees from factories, production lines, foundries, offices, railways, utility services, and more, encompassing a range of professions such as council workers, prison officers, teachers, healthcare workers, firefighters, and mechanics.
James is particularly knowledgeable in handling injuries caused by hand-held power tools, which can lead to disorders like hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), previously known as vibration white finger (VWF), and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
Outside work, James leads an incredibly active lifestyle. He is an accomplished athlete, having completed four international Ironman competitions. His passion for cycling has led him to tackle challenging mountain climbs of the Tour De France, and he is also an avid runner, participating in numerous half and full marathons.
Additionally, James is a regular at Parkrun events, both as a participant and a volunteer marshal.