James Osborne (2006) 

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member

General Information

James is a civil practitioner with experience across a wide range of areas including:


Personal Injury

Road Traffic Accidents

Credit Hire

Holiday Sickness Claims

CICA Claims

Employer's, Public and Occupier's Liability

General Commercial and Property

James is a skilled advocate known for getting to the core issues quickly and tackling them effectively and has a reputation for possessing good judgement and refined inter-personal skills as well as being both practical and analytical.

James is approachable to discuss initial problems and issues solicitors may face in dealing with claims and may be relied on to provide a fast turnaround of paperwork when required.

Before being called, James was counsel for a global FTSE 100 company undertaking multi million commercial contract negotiations.  He brings a wealth of business experience to his practice, which also includes general commercial and property work.

James lives near Winchester and predominately covers courts in London and the South but his fast track and multi track practice takes him nationwide.

Areas of Practice:


James has a great deal of experience representing Claimants and Defendants at costs budgeting and costs assessments.

Clinical Negligence

James' clinical negligence work consists predominantly of multi track claims, and in particular cases with significant procedural or technical issues, or complex medical evidence.

Personal Injury / RTA

James advises and represents claimants and defendants in all areas, including allegations of fraud of Personal Injury related claims, mainly arising from road traffic accidents, employers liability and public liability.  James is also a member of the Motorcycle Group tackling serious injuries (he also has a m/c licence).  James also has experience in injuries arising from accidents involving HGVs and buses.  James is regularly instructed for both claimant and defendant and has a thorough understanding of credit hire.

Personal Injury / ELPL

James is regularly instructed in all areas for both claimant and defendant and has a thorough understanding of the latest developments EL/PL and Occupier’s Liability.
James involvement is frequently from the outset: by assessing and advising on prospects, to advising on quantum, to drafting pleadings, drafting questions, to conferences with witnesses, to round table meetings and onto trial.

James was instructed in first instance and on appeal (both successful) regarding a slip and trip/Highways claim against a London borough: Simson v London Borough of Islington, [2013] EWHC 2527 (QB) setting a new precedent requiring inspections to include area under objects on the highway such as parked cars and refuse bins.

Holiday Sickness Claims

James advises and represents claimants and defendants in all areas, including allegations of fraud in Holiday Sickness Claims.

Commercial and Property

James advises and represents claimants and defendants in property law (both commercial and residential) including landlord and tenant, property agreements, easements and restrictive covenants, mortgages, boundary disputes and leasehold enfranchisement.

With his unparalleled experience of a wide range of commercial activities, he has the necessary hands-on experience needed to resolve difficult issues, particularly using his specialist technical knowledge of broadcast and satellite communications, telecommunications and commercial contracts.

Public Access

James is accredited by the Bar Council to accept instructions on a Public Access basis. For full details of James's Public Access practice, please visit his website: www.londonbarristerdirect.com


Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School
Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School
BSc (Hons) Geography, Manchester University/Granada University, Spain
Scholarships and awards: Socrates Erasmus Scholar, Manchester University


"Excellent result James-much appreciated" - Robert Barrett, Partner, Horwich Farrelly

"Just to let you know that DJ Davies sitting at Chesterfiled CC commented on the fact that he was “assisted greatly by the advice of Counsel in this matter, the advice was such that it supported the facts and he had nothing further to consider” Ann Lee, Minster Law"

"Just a quick thank you for all the assistance you have provided to me on my not so straightforward matters, together with everything else!  Hope to be in touch again shortly. Kind Regards Sarah Sargent "

"Thanks for the attendance note and the great result today.  John Cuss, Fee Earner, Minster Law Solicitors"

"That’s excellent – thanks again for your assistance James." Matt Fogarty Judge & Priestley

"I’ve just got back from leave today and read your attendance note on the above. What a close call well done . I was really worried about this case and I’m so glad its over.  Thanks for all  your help."   Abi Talabi (Solicitor) Lucas Law Limited T/A Lucas & Co Solicitors

"Many thanks again for today and a great result." Nichola Best

"Thanks James.   Great result.  The clients were delighted.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter."  Heather Forbes, Horwich Farrelly Solicitors

"That’s a great result.Thank you for your help." Joni Southall, Minster Law


Hi James, Great result especially with the late presentation aspect! Thanks for your help as always. Kind Regards,

Jennifer Hicks Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors Ltd

Hi James, Great result. Many thanks for your assistance today. Kind regards Joe

Joseph Rahim Aegis Legal

Dear James, Great result, I am very pleased. Both my Client’s couldn’t stop praising you, they said you was great and felt ever so comfortable with you and couldn’t be happier with you and the outcome. Thank you for your assistance.

Kauser Khan Quantum Legal

It was great pleasure to meet you too this morning. Many thanks for working for me and getting the positive outcome. I very much appreciate your help. It was worth it.

Mr Usman Public Access

That is an absolutely fantastic result. Many thanks for your help on this one.

Marcus Doxey Optimal Solicitors

I just wanted to say thank you for all your assistance today. Amy and I enjoyed meeting you and are pleased with the result.

Johnny Public Access

Fabulous – thank you.

Emma Adams Jefferies Solicitors

I found James Osborne professional and very well prepared. He secured an excellent result on a liability disputed case, ensuring success for the Claimant.

Sandi Gittins F.Inst.Pa Concept Law Solicitors

I have to say that James Osborne did excellent job today to represent me. I was very impressed with the way he structured the questions and statements which lead as you can see in the victory. I believe it is because James managed to understand the given evidence well and use it on the inefficiencies of the opposition to convince the judge. I was very happy to see the way he dealt with it. Again thank you for allocating James to my case and if you have any questions please ask.

Client Concept Law Solicitors

This is a fantastic outcome. Thank you James.

Melissa Cargill Nayyar Solicitors

Many thanks James. Great result!

Daniel Ellaway Hurleys Solicitors

Thank you James, Appreciate your work on this matter and the note below. I will make sure that I request you for my next hearing.

Adam Merdassi Crawford Legal Services

Thank you so much! I would have been in pieces without you there.

Hannah Public Access

Many thanks, excellent outcome

Nichola Johnson Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors

Great outcome! Thanks James

Anthea Caers Russel Worth

By all accounts James did a very good job in Court on what was a difficult day.

Jason Libby Fry Law

Brilliant result Thanks very much.

Jessica Berry Zest Legal

Many thanks for your detailed note and attendance.

Devon Cartwright Bott and Co

Fantastic James. Many thanks for attending.

Qaisar Mahmood Sovereign Solicitors

James Osborne was the perfect man for the job. He was at the meeting before me, and id got there early. James is very informative and keen to help. I will recommend James to anyone needing a barrister. You have an extremely happy customer.

Carlos Public Access

James was brilliant and managed to strip away all the emotion to drill down to the key issues quickly and obtain the right result for me.

Joanne Public Access

Fantastic result, James - many thanks.

Adam Thornley Accident Injury Solicitors

Hi (James Osborne), I spoke with the Claimants yesterday and they said that you were exceptional in Court and they were very impressed. I have passed these comments onto the Senior Partner here, Sarah Waddington.

Sarah Waddington Sarah Waddington Solicitors

Hi (James Osborne), thanks for the draft submission. I have read this in detail and want to thank you for the sterling effort you have made with the written submission. It clearly summarises the case and highlights the critical points.

Sid Kauldhar Public Access

Dear (James Osborne), Brilliant, thank you. Kind regards

Lindsey Howells, Personal Injury Advisor russellworth

Afternoon (James Osborne), That’s a fantastic outcome. Kind regards

Krystle Barmby Minster Law

Hi (James Osborne), What a result - thank you very much indeed. Kind regards Fiona

Fiona Harper, Personal Injury Executive Hansells

Hi (James Osborne), Great result. Many thanks for your assistance today. Kind regards Joe

Joseph Rahim, Solicitor Aegis Legal

Good Morning (James Osborne), That's brilliant news. Thank you so much for your assistance in this matter. Kind regards

Briony Stone, Claims Handler Russellworth

Hi (James Osborne) Great result especially with the late presentation aspect! Thanks for your help as always. Kind Regards, Jennifer

Jennifer Hicks, Litigation Executive Amanda Cunliffe Solicitors

Thank you (James Osborne) for your attendance note following good result on Friday, [the client] has given you a glowing recommendation.

Adam Watkiss KLS Law

Dear (James Osborne), Great result there. That is 2 out of 2. Thanks for all your help.

Ercan Sami, Assistant Solicitor Slater Gordon Solutions

Thank you so much (James Osborne) for your assistance in this matter and for getting the right result. My clients were delighted with your efforts and very impressed with your whole conduct of the case. Given that their depot is quite local we shall not hesitate to instruct you again.

Christine Harris, Partner Birchall Blackburn

The client has just called me. She was delighted with the outcome and sung the praises of James Osborne.

Paul Allinson Pudsey Legal

Thank you so much James [Osborne]. Everyone including the Senior Partner and the client is delighted with the result.

Deborah Ward Dennison Greer

Thanks James [Osborne]!! The unbeaten run continues!! Another fantastic result. I spoke to the client yesterday evening and he said to pass on his sincere thanks and that you were ‘very impressive’.

John Cuss Minster Law

"I would 110% recommend him to represent anyone. I am so pleased we won the case but more pleased for James (Osborne). He was brilliant."

Lay Client via Minster Law

I have had the pleasure in working with James [Osborne] on numerous occasions on various instructions and briefs from fast track county court claims to written advices. James is extremely thorough, has a keen eye for detail and consistently delivers excellent results. James also takes the time to have a detailed conference with you in advance of a hearing which is something many barristers do not do.

John Cuss Minster Law

I can't say how impressed I am at the speed with which you (James Osborne) turned these advices round thank you.

Sarah Barker, Partner Dennison Greer

Our client Mr Fisher was also delighted with the outcome and your work [and says] 'I also convey my thanks to Mr James Osborne, for representing me today at court. Needless to say I am delighted with the positive outcome of the case, and appreciate all the work you have put into this'.

Philip Watson Minster Law Ltd

Just to let you know that DJ Davies sitting at Chesterfield CC commented on the fact that he was "assisted greatly by the advice of Counsel [James Osborne] in this matter, the advice was such that it supported the facts and he had nothing further to consider".

Ann Lee Minster Law

Excellent result James [Osborne]-much appreciated.

Robert Barrett Partner, Horwich Farrelly


Reported Cases:

Simson v Islington Borough Council [2013] All ER (D) 230 (Jul)

This is a personal injury / Highways Act case which was initially won in the county court before Recorder Bowdery QC and subsequently (successfully) defended on appeal. In the appeal court, Lord Justice Lewis set a new precedent, that a parked vehicle in a residents bay ought to have been be moved as there was a nearby defect that should have alerted the council's inspector to further investigate the area under the vehicle, whereupon the index defect would have been discovered.

James Osborne (2006)

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Qualified in 2006