James specialises in resolving and avoiding public and private property disputes. He acts for landed estates, trustees and institutional landowners, and private homeowners. He is recognised as an expert in his field by Chambers and the Legal 500. He is a member of the CLA's Legal, Parliamentary and Property Rights Committee and a past President of the Cambridge University Land Society.
"He is very cerebral and gives considered and robust advice." – Chambers & Partners, 2020
James Pavey "is extremely capable, very attentive to the matter in hand, and someone you need on-side for your client, particularly if contentious." – Legal 500, 2020
"He's very much a guy to watch," says a source; "he's very intelligent, capable and highly personable." – Chambers & Partners, 2019
"A fantastic eye for detail, strong strategic and tactical nous, and a passion for client care." – Legal 500, 2018/19
"Ultimate professional" – Legal 500, 2017
James is valued for his "extraordinary attention to detail and thoroughness" – Legal 500, 2016