Jim qualified as a barrister in 2005 and specialises in aviation law, aviation litigation, inquests and military law.
Jim was a professionally qualified Royal Air Force pilot prior to becoming a barrister. His combined experience as a pilot and lawyer spans over 30 years. During his 12 years as a pilot he was qualified on a number of military aircraft (single piston, single turbo prop, fast jet, twin turbo prop, four engine heavy jet) and his last flying tour was on the Boeing E-3D AWACS. He received specialist training in aviation accident analysis and crew resource management, to become a Squadron Flight Safety Officer. He also was a flying display coordinator for the RAF Waddington International Air Show.
In 2002 an injury ended Jim’s pilot career, so he transferred to the RAF Legal Branch and qualified as a barrister. As trial counsel he prosecuted Court Martial jury trials, with a focus on military aviation cases.
After 16 years service, Jim retired from the RAF then specialised in air accident litigation. He has represented hundreds of passengers/families in aviation disasters around the world involving many types of aircraft, from single engine light aircraft accidents to major airline disasters. He has significant experience in litigating cases in the US as well as litigating cases in multiple jurisdictions including England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Nigeria, Tanzania and Pakistan.
Due to Jim’s aviation expertise, he is regularly requested by the press to provide expert commentary on air accidents. He is also invited to chair and present at international aviation law conferences.
Jim is also a specialist in inquest law and military law. He is the advocate for families at complex inquests and advises and represents military personnel and their families on military law issues.
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Jim enjoys camping with his family in the UK/ Europe and renovating old houses.