Pump Court Chambers

James Byrne

Call: 2012

  • The City Law School, Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent, 2012
  • City University London, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2011
  • University of Leeds, Bachelor Degree History, 1st (Hons) 2010
  • Member of the Social Housing Law Association
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • The Denning Society
  • Free Representation Unit volunteer
  • Lord Bowen Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2010
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2011
  • Hubert Greenland Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2014
  • A semi finalist in the Crown Office Chambers moot in 2011

In his spare time, James enjoys hiking, cycling and bouldering.

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James Byrne is a Barrister specialising in Family law, Housing & Property law and Personal Injury.

As a Family law specialist practitioner, James regularly appears in the family court dealing with all private children matters, including cases involving allegations of domestic abuse and parental alienation. He frequently deals with Non-Molestation Orders in the family court and has undertaken work on occupation orders.

James receives instructions in housing cases and has undertaken trials for possession orders, applications for anti-social behaviour injunctions and committal proceedings. He has also appeared in cases arguing points of public law, human rights and equality act defences. He has advised on homelessness appeals, unlawful eviction, business tenancies and forfeiture. James acts for both landlords and tenants.

James has appeared in the Magistrates’ Court dealing with regulatory matters ranging from environmental prosecutions, taxi licensing appeals and security licensing appeals.

Dealing with Business & Property matters and other civil work, James undertakes small claims and fast track trials in the County Court and has received instructions for the multi-track.

Legal Services

James has regularly appeared in the family court dealing with Non-Molestation Orders and undertakes work on occupation orders. He is regularly instructed in private law family disputes dealing with issues over contact with children between parents, often in cases involving alleged domestic abuse and parental alienation.

James is able to accept instructions commensurate with his year of call.

James receives instructions in housing cases and undertakes trials for possession orders, applications for anti-social behaviour injunctions and committal proceedings. He has also appeared in cases arguing points of public law, human rights and equality act defences. He has advised on homelessness appeals, unlawful eviction, business tenancies and forfeiture. James acts for both landlords and tenants.

As part of his housing work on anti-social behaviour injunctions, James has also appeared in proceedings on behalf of local authorities undertaking prosecutions under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and closure orders in the Magistrates Court.

James also drafts pleadings and advices on disrepair issues and has appeared at hearings in the magistrates court on behalf of landlords in connection with proceedings brought by tenants in respect of alleged statutory nuisances under section 82 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

James is able to accept instructions commensurate with his year of call.

Before joining the Bar, James volunteered at the Avon and Bristol Law Centre in the Housing Law Team, later working as a paralegal in the Community Care Team. During this time he was involved in drafting judicial review applications challenging local authority decisions on housing allocation, working on cases involving disrepair and advised on the recovery of housing deposits. During his time with the community care team he worked on cases which involved challenging local authority decisions on the assistance offered to clients under community care law.

James is keen to build on this experience and accepts housing instructions commensurate with his year of call and has a particular interest in appropriate level community care work.

Selected Cases

Wolverhampton City Council v Taylor (and others) (2016) EWHC 878 (QB);
Festival Housing Ltd v Baker (2017) EW Misc 4 (CC) (8 February 2017)

James appears in the County Court having experience of undertaking small claims and fast track trials and has received instructions for the multi-track. James has experience of dealing with fast track trials for personal injury damages and credit hire. James appears in hearings dealing with strike out applications, opposing relief from sanctions and has dealt with many stage three hearings on quantum of damages in road traffic accidents. He also has experience of employer’s liability and occupier’s liability claims.

James is keen to expand his civil practice and accepts work in all areas of civil commensurate with his year of call.

  • The City Law School, Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent, 2012
  • City University London, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2011
  • University of Leeds, Bachelor Degree History, 1st (Hons) 2010
  • Member of the Social Housing Law Association
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • The Denning Society
  • Free Representation Unit volunteer
  • Lord Bowen Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2010
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2011
  • Hubert Greenland Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn, 2014
  • A semi finalist in the Crown Office Chambers moot in 2011

In his spare time, James enjoys hiking, cycling and bouldering.

Instructing James Byrne

Would you like to know more?

If you require help or advice please contact our clerking team.

Call +44 (0)20 7353 0711 or email clerks@pumpcourtchambers.com.

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