James Nieto

Called 2012

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Areas of Expertise: 

Public Law

Personal Injury, with a particular focus on Road Traffic Accidents


Compliance, including HMO and Food Hygiene cases


Criminal Defence, particularly Motoring

Housing/Landlord and Tenant


James is currently the Chair of the Civil Litigation and Public Access Groups in Nexus Chambers.

James is known for the detailed and concientious approach that he takes with all his cases, and for his dedication to his clients. James is a meticulous and committed barrister who has progressed quickly during his time at Nexus Chambers.  James enjoys a busy common law practice with particular focus on civil litigation, personal injury litigation, and public law.  James has appeared in a wide range of cases and has appeared in the Youth, Magistrates’, Crown, County and High Courts.

James is developing a Regulatory and Public Law practice and is able to advise and appear on appeals by way of case stated to the High Court. James is also able to assist with claims for Judicial Review and is able to provide advice, drafting, and representation. James has a particular interest in conservation and environmental cases and would consider taking such cases on a pro bono basis.

James has a thriving advisory and paper-based practice alongside his busy court commitments and regularly drafts advices on liability and quantum in a wide range of civil and personal injury matters. Recent instructions have included an international element and have required James to use his language skills. Areas in which James has experience include:

  • Road Traffic Accident Claims (ranging from infant advices on quantum to complex personal injury arising from motorbike accidents)
  • False Imprisonment Claims
  • Possession Claims
  • Montreal Convention Claims
  • GDPR, Data Protection, and Compliance
  • Air Delay and Cancellation Claims

James is able to undertake drafting in all of his areas of expertise. James prides himself on providing all of his advices expeditiously, however he is happy to work to tighter time frames than 7 days as and when required. James also provides all of his advisory and drafting services for Public Access clients.

James also has experience advising on GDPR and contracts and is able to draft Privacy Notices. Also, James is able to advise on Data Protection compliance.

James is Public Access qualified. 

Notable Instructions:

James is currently being lead by Michael Mansfield Q.C. in a team that comprises of Michael Mansfield Q.C., John Hendy Q.C., and Chris Milsom. James's involvement to date has included assistance with drafting a letter to the DPP inviting a prosecution of a well known company.

Reported Cases:

Luton Borough Council -v- Altavon and Others [2019] EWHC 2415 - James acted for the Second Respondent of three in this appeal by way of case stated heard by Lady Justice Davies and Mr Justice Goss.  The First Respondent did not take part in the appeal proceedings. The appeal concerned continuing offences in a HMO and when time ran for the commission of the officens for the purposes of laying an information in the Magistrates' Court.

Pendlebury v DPP [2018] EWHC 3567 (Admin) – James provided advice on procedure and support with this appeal by way of case stated regarding a conviction for stalking with violence. James successfully represented the Appellant in the High Court before Lord Justice Irwin and Mr Justice Phillips.

Recent Cases:

(2019) – Central Criminal Court- Instructed on a Public Access basis for the Defendant for sentence for Dangerous Driving which involved a police chase, driving on a pavement, running a red light whilst a vulnerable road user was on the crossing, and high speeds. Secured a suspended sentence and a 12-month ban.

(2018) – James provided advice to a large garage in respect of the GDPR and Consumer Rights Act. James provided advice on their privacy policy and drafted their terms of business.

(2018) – James provided advice to a large business on the GDPR and on their terms of business. James drafted their privacy policy and their terms of business.

(2018) - Chelmsford Coroner's Court- James was instructed to attend an inquest on behalf of an insurer.

(2018) – Cambridge Crown Court- Represented one of two defendants charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine. James made a successful half time submission. Co-Defendant received 5 years’ custody.

(2018) – Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court – Represented the Respondent in an application for a Sexual Risk Order. The case involved a vulnerable Respondent who was granted an intermediary. Successfully resisted the application.

(2018) – St Alban’s Magistrates’ Court – Represented one of the four Respondents in an application for a Sexual Risk Order. The application was successfully resisted.

(2017) – Croydon Crown Court – Secured unanimous acquittal after a full trial for voyeurism.

The University of Law, Bloomsbury: BPTC, Very Competent
The University of Law, Bloomsbury: GDL, Commendation
University College London: MA
University College London: BA (Hons)




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In his spare time James enjoys watching rugby and NFL. He regularly attends matches and is a season ticket holder at Saracens.

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