James Carpenter


Commercial Litigation

01582 731161


James joined TW in 1999 having qualified at a city firm in 1996 and having spent 3 years working in London. James became a partner in 2004 and in November 2015 he became Head of the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. James and his department are based at our Luton office.

James has extensive experience of commercial litigation matters and particular interest in:

  • Professional Negligence
  • Contract Disputes
  • Contentious Probate
  • Insolvency
  • Defamation
  • Restrictive Covenants (in both Employment and Property context)
  • Break Notices (Property)
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Partnership Disputes

James seeks to bring his knowledge, training and experience to advise and assist his clients with their disputes and to resolve them in the quickest and most cost effective way possible. James has considerable experience in alternative dispute resolution techniques and advocates mediation as an effective alternative to litigation.

However, if litigation is unavoidable, James has considerable experience of bringing and defending claims in both the High Court and County Court. Examples of recent reported cases include:

  • Vanquish Properties (UK) Limited Partnership v Brook Street (UK) Limited [2016] EWHC 1508 (Ch)
  • Doyle v Smith [2018] EWHC 2935 (QB)


Away from work, and when not ferrying around his young children, James enjoys playing golf, watching football, rugby and cricket as well as cooking and drinking wine.

What our clients say

"He was so helpful and efficient, I cannot thank him enough for what he did for me."

Bridgitte Harley, The Hearing Clinic

"We know and trust James Carpenter and his team at Taylor Walton."

Peter Windatt, BRI (UK) Ltd

"I am always singing his praises."

Rachel Rees, Premier Minibus and Car Hire Ltd

Is it now more acceptable to use insolvency proceedings as a method of debt collection?

By James Carpenter | 30 October 2019

It is generally understood that as Insolvency proceedings (Winding Up Petitions or Bankruptcy Petitions) are summary processes. They are appropriate for use against an insolvent debtor and are not to be used as a method of resolving disputes over debts. However, the recent case of Sell Your Car With Us Ltd v Sareen 2019 indicates…

Entire Agreement Clauses

By James Carpenter | 30 July 2019

What are Entire Agreement Clauses? Entire Agreement clauses will feature in most if not all drafted contracts.  They are often described as a boilerplate clause and rarely are they subject to much, if any, scrutiny at the drafting stage. The intention and purpose behind Entire Agreement clauses is to restrict or limit (insofar as the law allows)…