Our Staff – James Tierney

jamesJames Tierney LL.B. BCL (Oxon) LPC

Position: Solicitor
Tel: 020 7249 1337
Mob: 07977 022543
Fax: 020 7249 1338
Email: james.tierney@mergullaw.co.uk


James heads the Immigration & Asylum Law Department, having worked for several years in civil litigation.

Immigration law
James has cultivated extensive experience of immigration and refugee law over the past 3 years. He has worked on ANKARA agreements, visa applications (including business visas), asylum claims and judicial-review applications. He has drafted grounds of appeal for both immigration and refugee matters. He has also attended both tiers of the immigration tribunal on behalf of clients.

James receives instructions on all aspects of immigration and refugee law.

Civil litigation
James has worked in the area of civil litigation for 5 years. During this period, he has run his own caseload, comprising claims on all the tracks. He has regularly drafted pleadings and SSDs, negotiated settlements and taken witness statements. He has attended CMCs and hearings on behalf of clients at the county court and the High Court.

Within civil litigation, James has cultivated a particular specialism in personal injury. He has handled traffic accident claims, fatal accident claims and catastrophic brain-injury claims.

Commercial law
James has gained exposure to both contentious and non-contentious work. He has drafted contracts, partnership agreements and constitutions for charities, and dealt with complex commercial litigation pertaining to breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation.

Other experience:
Before completing his training contract, James worked as a paralegal to Rauf Khalilov, branch manager of our Mergul Law branch, for 3 years. He also lectured in public law and human-rights law at several universities, including the University of East London, University of Essex and SOAS (University of London).

Qualifications and awards
James has an LL.B. (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford.

James is a recipient of the Astbury Scholarship from Middle Temple. This scholarship is awarded to a small number of Oxford and Cambridge graduates who show particular promise.