James is a partner and head of our clinical negligence department. He is a member of the Law Society’s specialist Clinical Negligence Accreditation Panel and a Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, APIL. He specialises solely in cases involving medical accidents and works hard to obtain good results for his clients.
James covers a full range of clinical negligence cases helping people who have suffered from medical mistakes.
James read History at Durham University before studying Law at Northumbria University and Sheffield University.
James qualified as a Solicitor in Sheffield in 2001 and has remained in the city ever since, joining Taylor&Emmet LLP in 2009.
Out of the office, James enjoys travelling, hill walking, mountain biking, football, korfball, music and books.
Winning a very complex case one day before Trial. My Client had suffered very serious spinal injuries due to spinal surgery being carried out in circumstances in which no other reasonable Surgeon would have operated.
Member of the Law Society’s Specialist Clinical Negligence Accreditation Panel.
Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. (APIL).
"Superb. The firm has recently expanded and recruited new fee earners. The team is handling high quality work."
Legal 500 - 2021
"James Drydale is a standout individual locally."
Legal 500 - 2021
“The clinical negligence department at Taylor & Emmet LLP handles complex and high-value matters, as well as being one of few firms able to offer legal aid for birth injury cases.”
Legal 500 - 2018
“Extremely good at isolating the medical issues and focussing on the relevant facts.”
Legal 500 - 2017
The ‘extremely well-prepared’ James Drydale leads the ‘thorough and user-friendly’ team at Taylor&Emmet LLP .
Legal 500 - 2016
Legal 500 - 2015