Dr James Behrens

Year of call 1979


Astbury scholar of the Middle Temple 1980

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 1999

Chartered arbitrator 2001

CEDR accredited mediator 1998

Church of England Licensed lay minister 2016

Practice Summary

James has a well-developed and focussed practice in commercial and chancery litigation, arbitration and mediation. This is underpinned by enormous depth of knowledge in his specialist areas. He sat as a recorder  in crime, civil and family matters, and as a deputy chancery master. He was chancellor for two Church of England dioceses, and a tribunal chairman for the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform. He was a council member of the Society for Computers and Law for 8 years. James has been a CEDR registered mediator since 1998. His mediation experience covers a wide range of both commercial and non-commercial subjects. He is widely praised for the way he helps the parties find a solution to their dispute, his professionalism, and his success. He has been a chartered arbitrator since 2001, and is a fellow and former council member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He holds the Chartered Institute’s diploma in international commercial arbitration, and has had over 50 Appointments as arbitrator, mainly in disputes concerning the computer and telecommunications business, partnerships, sale of goods, landlord and tenant law, and financial services. He also acts as barrister in commercial arbitrations. His publications, particularly in the field of church law, are widely praised.

James is disabled following a stroke, and uses a wheelchair.