As well as being a lay reader, James is a member of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.
James is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2019]. In the previous editions clients note that he "has extensive knowledge of church law". 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".