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Jim Duffy

Call:  2012


Jim’s practice spans clinical negligence, inquests, human rights, employment and child abuse claims. 

In 2013-14 Jim acted as Judicial Assistant to Lord Reed and Lord Hodge at the UK Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.  He worked closely on cases such as Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board (consent in clinical negligence), Cheshire West (Article 5 ECHR and the mentally incapacitated), Nicklinson & Lamb (assisted suicide), and Osborn (parole board hearings, human rights and the common law).   He took part in an exchange to the Supreme Court of the United States in April 2014.

In September 2016, Jim was one of four barristers in England & Wales to be selected for an exchange to the Paris Bar where he addressed the Conseil de l’Ordre des Avocats de Paris on advocates’ duties towards protected parties. 

Jim regularly acts for NHS Trusts, doctors, patients and their families at inquests into hospital deaths and clinical negligence claims. Jim also challenges security categorisation decisions on behalf of life-sentenced prisoners.

He is regularly instructed in employment claims, and obtained significant damages for a group of nursery workers who were automatically unfairly dismissed following a TUPE transfer of a government contract in Wales. 

Prior to transferring to the Bar, Jim spent three years working as a solicitor, first qualifying in Scotland and then in England & Wales. He represented participants in the Coalition Government's 'Back to Work' schemes, Kenyan nationals accused of involvement in the 2010 Al-Shabaab ‘World Cup’ bombings in Kampala, and families unlawfully detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.  He represented civilians and the families of British soldiers in claims relating to the Iraq war.

Jim graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2005 with a First in Law with French Language and the class prize.  He previously spent a year at Paul Cézanne Université in Aix-en-Provence, France.  As a Rotary Scholar, he obtained an LL.M from the University of Toronto in 2007 and worked for the University's International Human Rights Clinic, acting for a Roma community in a European Court of Human Rights case against Romania.

Jim went on to intern at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva before training as a solicitor at Scottish commercial law firm, Shepherd and Wedderburn.  He has carried out teaching and research in public law at the University of Glasgow and assisted the Council of Europe in relation to police brutality and the rule of law in Eastern European states.  He sits on the Editorial Team of the UK Human Rights Blog.



University of Glasgow, Law with French Language LL.B (Hons) - First Class (2005)

University of Toronto, LL.M (2007)

Prizes and Awards

  • Inner Temple Pegasus Award (Paris Bar Exchange) (2016)
  • Advanced International Advocacy Course, Keble College, Oxford (2015)
  • McCormick Prize for the Most Distinguished Graduate in Law, University of Glasgow (2005)
  • Rotary Academic Ambassadorial Scholarship (2006)
  • University of Toronto Fellowship (2006)
  • Clark Foundation for Legal Education Scholarships (2006 and 2014)
  • University of Toronto International Human Rights Program Fellowship (2007)
  • Glasgow Bar Association, Criminal Defence Moot Prize (2006)
  • Joint-President, Glasgow University Law Society (2004-05)
  • John Smith Schools Debating Championship Winner (2001)
  • English Speaking Union ‘Observer’ Debating Mace (West and South Scotland) (2001)

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