James Duncan-Hartill

Practice Director
“Superb. Quick to respond and active in resolving queries.” Legal 500

James joined Hardwicke in 2014 and was appointed to Practice Director in 2021. After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London, James has over a decade of industry experience in barristers’ chambers.

James is jointly responsible for the management and development of barristers’ practices and the promotion of chambers’ specialist practice areas. James works collaboratively with Richard to implement Hardwicke’s strategic business plan and lead the strategic direction of the Practice Management Team.

James works closely with the Practice Management Team and the Chief Executive to manage and cultivate client relationships both domestically and overseas. He enjoys collaborating with clients over new opportunities and can advise on the full spectrum of chambers’ work and barristers’ expertise.



  • French
  • Russian (basic)

Professional associations

Institute of Barristers Clerks


BA History (Hons) Royal Holloway, University of London (Upper Second Class)

Corporate social responsibility

James takes part in the various charity events for the legal sector and occasionally raises funds when cycling.