About James Manning
I am an Associate Director at Invicta Law.
I have 17 years’ experience of advising local authority clients, not-for-profit organisations, insurers, corporate clients and high net worth individuals on pre-litigated and litigated claims.
I am frequently instructed by local authorities and public sector organisations to advise on a full range of disputes, from insurance policy coverage disputes through to negligence, contractual, misfeasance, human rights, education, housing and social services (including a novel claim on the liability of a local authority for the misuse of direct payments by a carer) disputes.
Public awareness of the financial and intrinsic value of personal data and privacy rights grew significantly following the implementation of GDPR. I have a growing practice in this specialist area of law, and has been advising local authorities on regulatory issues and the defence of privacy claims arising from breaches of GDPR and Data Protection Act 1998 or 2018, and misuse of private information.
With public sector organisations increasingly look to commercialise services, another growing area of my practice is advising local authorities on the transfer of risk, the sufficiency of insurance arrangements and the need for dispute management protocols in circumstances where the local authority plans to use an alternative services delivery model to deliver services.
I have acted for a not-for-profit organisation in the financial services sector and handled a wide range of commercial disputes, including pursuing complex, high value recovery claims against financial services firms and their professional indemnity insurers under Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Acts 1930 and 2010 and a multi-jurisdiction phishing claim in which a criminal enterprise, purporting to be the non-for-profit organisation, sent phishing emails to Italian nationals requesting that they deposit money into a cryptocurrency account to secure the release of ‘compensation’ that had been recovered from an unregulated Forex broker.
I am often commended by clients for my ability to distil complex legal issues and give commercially focused, practical legal advice. I know that litigation is a last resort and I am experienced in all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution, including commercial negotiation and mediation.
I regularly deliver training to local authorities and public sector organisations on a wide range of topics, including Directors’ and Officers’ Liabilities in the context of alternative service delivery models, Insurance, Risk and Dispute Resolution Management, and Case Law Updates.
Prior to joining Invicta Law, I was a Senior Associate at a top 100 commercial law firm. I was a Partner at a national insurance litigation law firm. I worked for two leading insurance and public sector litigation law firms, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (now Clyde & Co) and DWF.
I acted on behalf of the Defendant in the seminal case of Burrett v Mencap Ltd  EW Misc B50 (CC), the leading authority on the costs consequence of accepting a Defendant’s Part 36 offer after the relevant period has expired. I acted for the Defendant employer in The Inquest touching the death of Nathan Greenway and was in-house Legal Assistant for HCA International Limited in The Inquest touching the death of Laura Touche.
I was seconded to two London Boroughs, a prestigious high street retailer, national and international insurers (including Zurich Municipal) and a not-for-profit organisation in the financial services sector.
I supervised and managed teams which led to the theorising, devising and implementing processes and workflows that improved productivity, efficiency and resulted in the costs base and lifecycle of specific types of claim being reduced. This, in turn, benefitted my clients in that it provided a much needed reduction in their legal costs spend.