Member of Chambers Profile

James Brown

Year of Call: 1999



  • CPS Grade 4 counsel
  • CPS Grade 4 Rape list panel
  • CPS Grade 4 Special Crime panel
  • Direct Access

“James is conscientious and diligent.  He is great with clients and understands a solicitor’s needs.”  Instructing lawyer.

James is a senior junior who combines meticulous preparation with a good courtroom manner and judgement.

He consistently leads in serious and complex crime, dealing with undercover police operations, Operation Trident, armed robberies, gun crime, large drugs importations and kidnapping.  He has specialist expertise in cell site presentation, RIPA and associated sensitive material. 

With a strong practice in homicide cases, James has appeared eight times in the last two years as a junior in multi-handed murder cases.  He also appears regularly in the Court of Appeal, and has a keen interest in appellate work.  He recently appeared responding in “manslaughter by flight” and complex “care home” child abuse appeals.  In both instances, James had been led by Queen’s Counsel at first instance, but dealt with the Court of Appeal pleadings and hearings alone.

James has a growing and busy advisory practice, being instructed by both Direct Access clients and solicitors.  He also regularly advises the Crown Prosecution Service on charging decisions in homicide, fraud, sexual offences and road traffic fatality cases.

James has considerable experience in liquor and gaming licensing law.

 Recent Cases

  • R v S and others (March 2016).  Appeared as a leading junior in a five-handed cocaine importation trial.

  • R v K and others (January 2016).  Appeared as a leading junior in a £2.2 million fraud and money laundering case involving 17 defendants (trial 1).

  • R v T and others (December 2015).  Prosecution junior in a three-handed "manslaughter by flight" trial.

  • R v W and others (December 2015).  Responding in the Court of Appeal in a care home sexual abuse case.  The subject of the appeal was the handling of a hostile witness.

  • R v F and others (September 2015).  Appeared as a leading junior in a five defendant case, concerning the concealment of multi-kilo consignments of cocaine in the passenger cabins of Virgin and British Airways aircraft landing at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

  • R v M (August 2015).  Prosecution junior in a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court of the defendant charged with the murder of a 16 year old boy.

  • R v P and others (May 2015).  Appeared as a leading junior in a ten defendant drugs trial, involving allegations of the wholesale supply of Class A drugs by defendants from prison.