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James Griffiths

Director, DWF in Belfast

James acts for businesses, insurers and public authorities in relation to a broad span of commercial disputes and regulatory matters, with particular experience in relation to contentious intellectual property and media law matters, construction disputes, contract and shareholder disputes, liquor licensing, and professional negligence actions.


Having trained in a City law firm, James has practised in Northern Ireland since 2010. He advises clients on a wide range of commercial issues. He has considerable experience of litigating and resolving commercial disputes, including construction disputes (including litigation, arbitration, adjudication and early neutral evaluation), and contract and shareholder disputes. He regularly advises insurers and their insureds involved in professional negligence actions (for insured solicitors, accountants, insurance brokers, financial advisors, engineers, and architects).

He has also substantial experience of acting in claims involving employers' liability, public liability, D&O cover, property disputes and general insurance (recoveries and liability) matters. James also specialises in technology, intellectual property and media law disputes, and regularly advises clients in relation to matters involving copyright, trade marks and passing off, design rights, patents and matters involving trade secrets/breach of confidence. James' media law practice focuses upon defamation, privacy, information law and data protection issues, including the management of reputational risk to individuals and businesses, and the challenges posed by social media.

Over the years James has also amassed significant experience with regard to property disputes and judicial review. He also regularly advises clients in respect of liquor licensing matters, and in relation to betting, gaming and prize competitions in Northern Ireland. James has considerable experience of mediation in the context of commercial litigation, and is a keen proponent of its use, where appropriate, as a means of resolving disputes cost-effectively and creatively. James invariably focuses upon delivering to clients the most efficient and beneficial outcomes possible within the parameters of their particular legal and factual situation.


He has been described in Legal 500 as:

  • "consistently excellent in commercial cases…[and] very successful in getting complex cases resolved through alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation. His analysis of complex issues is first class." 2021 Edition
  • "James Griffiths has always provided a professional, and responsive service." 2020 Edition
  • "an outstanding lawyer with a great ability to analyse the important issues in cases and to present an attractive argument." 2019 Edition
  • "[having] the ability to make even the most complex disputes manageable and an unrivalled skill at analysing the issues so as to identify the core of a problem and how to resolve it in the best interest of their clients." 2019 Edition 

Whereas in Chambers & Partners:

  • "He is always quick to reply and offer his expert knowledge in the field. He has invested time to build a good working relationship and understand our business." UK 2021 Edition
  • "He is always supportive and ensures that any licensing matters are handled effectively and professionally." UK 2020 Edition
  • "Interviewees highlight his "first-class service" and "great approach to understanding all the details of a case."" UK 2018 Edition
  • "He is known among commentators for his easily understandable advice and thorough preparation." UK 2017 Edition