Clerking team

Chris Shaw
Chris Shaw

Senior Clerk – Civil, Commercial & Employment Clerk

Martin Craggs

Assistant Senior Clerk

Jennifer Carr

Civil Clerk

Matthew Smith

Civil Clerk

Amie Finch

Junior Civil Clerk

James is currently undertaking a Civil pupillage with a focus on Personal Injury under the supervision of Gareth Thompson.

Prior to pupillage, James worked as a court advocate within an international law firm’s advocacy service for over two years. In this role James worked across the firms practice areas, including personal injury, property, and credit hire.

James conducted small claims trials, interlocutory hearings, application hearings, Stage 3s, OIC portal hearings, and CCMCs. Whilst there, James developed a paper practice, undertaking drafting instructions on pleadings, applications, and formal advice for liability and quantum disputes.

James was also a Native English-Speaking Tutor in Hong Kong for the 2019-2020 academic year at a vocational college, and prior to this was a self-employed county court advocate for two years.


  • Northumbria University – LLM (2017)


  • Inner Temple