As well as being a lay reader, James is a member of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.
James is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016]. In this edition clients note James and colleague Stuart Jones, who are "very competent and understand the sector well". In previous editions he is described as "responsive and efficient" and "exceptionally bright", and he is praised for his “succinct and clear" ecclesiastical law expertise. Clients say his advice is “invaluable; he always endeavours to simplify matters".