James Lewis-Bale

James Lewis-Bale

Second Six Pupil

James is currently a Second Six Pupil specialising in Civil Law. He studied Law at the University of Plymouth at undergraduate and the University of the West of England at postgraduate level. He spent two years following graduation working as Litigation Executive for a niche Dispute Resolution firm in the South West. He volunteered for the South West Employment Rights Centre at the University of Plymouth and worked alongside Citizens Advice.

Whilst at the South West Employment Right Centre, James assisted in Employment Tribunal claims from initial enquiry through to tribunal representation. He began as a volunteer and three years later became an employed advocacy assistant supervising a team of students alongside the clinic’s Director and other staff.

James gained a wider experience of other areas of Law during his employment as a Litigation Executive. He assisted in a broad range of cases ranging from Professional Negligence to Personal Injury and Commercial Property. He was involved in a long running property dispute and assisted in the Upper Tribunal in defining reasonableness of on account demands under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985.

James grew up in Cornwall and went to Holsworthy Community College in Holsworthy. In his spare time, he is a Trainee Helmsman of the Bude RNLI Lifeboat and enjoys singing with “Cousin Jack” a folk and sea shanty group. He also assists in operating the Bude Lock Gate and sits on the local Lifeboat Weekend Committee.


James has experience in Employment Law from his time volunteering for South West Employment Rights Centre (SWERC) and working as a Litigation Executive. He has dealt with claims including; unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and discrimination. He has represented both Claimants and Respondents.

Property and Chancery

Commercial Landlord and Tenant

James has been involved in a long running dispute under Commercial Landlord and Tenant involving service charge litigation. The case between Landlords and Tenants who own Chalets on a holiday park has set various precedents in Law.


Following his employment as a Litigation Executive, James has continued to act in claims involving possession for both private and social landlords.


James has undertaken work previously in commercial litigation. While working as a Litigation Executive, James instructed on a claim involving the unlawful termination of an International Master Franchise Agreement.

James has previously dealt with claims ranging from breach of contract through to misrepresentation.


    • ADR-ODR International Accredited Civil-Commercial Mediator.
    • Bar Professional Training Course – Very Competent
    • LLB Law (Hons) – Upper Second Class

Awards and Scholarships

  • Harmsworth Scholarship – Middle Temple
  • Blackstone Entrance Exhibition – Middle Temple
  • Foot Anstey Prize for the Most Enterprising Law Graduate – University of Plymouth
  • Dean’s Academic Excellence Award – University of Plymouth
  • Framed Letter of thanks from the Chairman and Council of the RNLI for efforts in assisting Bude Lifeboat Station