YEAR OF CALL 1999
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.