Jim Duffy’s practice spans clinical negligence, inquests and inquiries, personal injury, human rights and employment.

In 2013-14 Jim acted as Judicial Assistant to Lord Reed and Lord Hodge at the UK Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. He worked on cases such as Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board (consent in clinical negligence), Cheshire West (Article 5 ECHR and the mentally incapacitated), Nicklinson & Lamb (assisted suicide), and Osborn (parole board hearings, human rights and the common law). He took part in an exchange to the Supreme Court of the United States in April 2014.

Jim regularly acts for families, NHS Trusts, doctors and patients at inquests and in clinical negligence claims. He also challenges security categorisation decisions on behalf of life-sentenced prisoners. In July 2018, Jim was led by Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC for the appellant children in CN & GN v. Poole Borough Council. The Supreme Court considered whether local authorities owe any duty at common law to children at risk of harm.

Since July 2017, Jim has been instructed in the Undercover Policing Inquiry chaired by Sir John Mitting. He also appears in employment claims and has acted for claimants in cases relating to TUPE, unfair dismissal, whistleblowling and discrimination.

Prior to transferring to the Bar, Jim spent three years working as a solicitor, first qualifying in Scotland and then in England & Wales. He represented participants in the Coalition Government’s ‘Back to Work’ schemes, Kenyan nationals accused of involvement in the 2010 Al-Shabaab ‘World Cup’ bombings in Kampala, and families unlawfully detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.  He also represented civilians and the families of British soldiers in claims relating to the Iraq war.

Jim graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2005 with a First in Law with French Language and the class prize. He previously spent a year at Paul Cézanne Université in Aix-en-Provence. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, he obtained an LL.M from the University of Toronto in 2007 and worked for the University’s International Human Rights Clinic.

Jim went on to intern at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva before training as a solicitor at Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP. He recently undertook a secondment to Fieldfisher’s PI team.

He has carried out teaching and research in public law at the University of Glasgow and assisted the Council of Europe in relation to police brutality and the rule of law in Eastern European states. A former Editor of the UK Human Rights Blog, he continues to sit on its editorial team.

In 2016, Jim was one of four barristers in England & Wales to be selected for an exchange to the Paris Bar where he addressed the Conseil de l’Ordre des Avocats de Paris on advocates’ duties towards protected parties.

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