James Saunders


James joined New Square Chambers in October 2019 following successful completion of his pupillage under the supervision of Alexander Hill-Smith, Aidan Briggs, Mark Hubbard and Nigel Hood.


He has appeared frequently in his own right in the County Court and High Court as a second six pupil in a range of matters. James’ notable instructions have included advising on a wrongful trading claim with a potential value of £2 million, defending a fast-track possession trial and successfully obtaining an urgent stay of execution in the High Court.


James welcomes instructions across Chambers’ practice areas in the full range of commercial-chancery work including insolvency, trusts and estates, property, commercial litigation, civil fraud and company.


Before coming to the Bar, James spent ten months at the boutique litigation firm Lenczner Slaght in Toronto, specialising in commercial and financial litigation. Previously, James tutored trusts law at the London School of Economics and obtained first class honours in his LLB from University College London.


James is familiar with the full range of Chambers’ work in real property and landlord and tenant matters, including TOLATA proceedings, enforcement, possession proceedings and business tenancy renewals.

James’ recent instructions include: 

Defending a fast-track possession trial under the Housing Act 1985.

An application for final charging orders over numerous properties and advice on a subsequent order for sale with consideration of service out of the jurisdiction.

Obtaining a stay of execution of a possession order on an urgent application in the High Court.

Advising on equitable accounting for interests in a marital home upon bankruptcy.


During Pupillage James has assisted with:

The trial of a preliminary issue in a contested lease renewal under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

A four-day trial with issues of proprietary estoppel and a lease/licence dispute over a houseboat.

A two-day Land Tribunal trial for removal of a registered restriction involving considerations of illegality and the use of nominees.

Advising in a claim resembling P&P and Dreamvar, with additional considerations of an intermediary party.

Qualifications, Appointments


Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School (Outstanding)

LLB, University College London (First Class Honours)

Unjust Enrichment First in Year


Major Scholarship (Inner Temple)

Harold G Fox Scholarship (Middle Temple)

Provosts Award for Academic Excellence (University College London)