James Manning

Associate Director

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 [2014] 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.


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Areas of expertise

  • Information Law
  • Litigation
  • Commercial Disputes
James is often commended by clients for his ability to distil complex legal issues and give commercially focused, practical legal advice.

James is often commended by clients for his ability to distil complex legal issues and give commercially focused, practical legal advice.


Client testimonials

“Sarah provides excellent advice, often off the cuff at the end of the phone when urgent matters arise. She is extremely good at explaining the intricacies of planning law in layman’s terms, which is very much appreciated. Sarah is a reliable and conscientious colleague who I do not hesitate to contact for guidance and clarity in often high-pressured situations. She is well respected amongst her peers and colleagues, and officers very much appreciate her knowledge and calming influence.”
Planning & Highways Client
“I am writing in praise of your support. As someone in the firing line of an ultra-aggressive legal team for the first time in my life, this was a traumatic and, at times, upsetting process. You were at my side, dispensing wise and calming counsel throughout. You have been readily available when crises occurred, have been a wonderful listener and, in the end, we reached an outcome that was highly satisfactory for our school and its pupils. I cannot speak highly enough of the way that you handled this case, and I thank you and your firm for the support you gave me. Being a chair of governors, sworn to confidentiality, can be a lonely business! You kept me sane.”
Chair of School Governors
“You’ve been incredibly helpful with this. Thanks for always replying so promptly and for being a star.”
Private Sector Town Planning & Development Consultancy
“The whole team at Invicta Law are really professional, efficient and courteous in their approach to our Development Agreement works. This I find makes my role much easier particularly when this is a specialist subject that I often need to seek their advice with.”
Planning & Highways Client
“The experience has been really top end. Rather than just offering the options, they have given some real solid advice on the best route. It's a good business 'partnering' approach.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service
“Their employment advice has always proved to be sound. I’ve worked with lots of different lawyers in London boroughs and. I’d also say that Invicta Law is the most solution-focused.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service

News & Blogs

Capacity to make Decisions on Care and Alcohol Dependency

15th Jun 2021

Laura Wares analyses the case Tower Hamlets v PB in which the assessment of capacity of an individual with a history of alcohol misuse was considered by the court

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Reminder: The Accessibility Regulations for Public Sector Body Websites and Mobile Apps

15th Jun 2021

Rebecca Hull looks at the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility Regulations, what they mean for public sector websites and apps and the approaching app deadline of 23 June 2021

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Procurement: The British Way?

15th Jun 2021

Mo Olatuja looks at the recent Policy Notes from the Cabinet Office for publishing Procurement opportunities

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