J Mure

James D. McF. H. Mure K.C.

Year of Call: 1995

Year of Silk: 2009


M.A. (Hons) Clare College, University of Cambridge

LL.B University of Edinburgh

Dip. L.P. University of Edinburgh

Special interests

Company and commercial

Land Law

Planning and Environmental

Public law, including judicial review and human rights


In Chambers UK, James is ranked as a Band 1 silk for Public Procurement and Band 2 for Commercial Dispute Resolution, Planning and Environment, and Administrative and Public Law. James has been described as "an exceptional public lawyer" and in Chambers 2015 he is listed as "a very effective and efficient advocate", "exceptionally thorough, and very bright"; "His written work and oral submissions are both superb."

James read history at Clare College, Cambridge, before joining the Diplomatic Service. After serving in London and Rome, he studied law at Edinburgh University.
A specialist in judicial review, before taking silk James was First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government. He has often appeared before the House of Lords/Privy Council/Supreme Court and has drafted the UK’s submissions in a number of cases before the ECtHR.
James is regularly instructed in commercial litigation, public procurement, commercial property, and planning and environmental law matters.



Contributor to Scottish Planning Encyclopedia

Contributor to "References to the European Court" (Anderson QC, 2nd

Edition 2002)


Member, Scottish Civil Justice Council Costs & Funding Committee 2014-

Member, Advisory Panel to Commission for UK Bill of Rights 2011-2012

Special Counsel (under Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005) 2008-

First Standing Junior Counsel to Scottish Government 2007-2009

Standing Junior Counsel to Scottish Executive 2000-2007

Director, Faculty Services Limited 2003-2006

Member, British Council Law & Governance Advisory Committee

for Scotland, 2002-2005

Tutor, Consititutional Law, University of Edinburgh, 1992-1995

Member of H.M. Diplomatic Service, 1984-88