JAMES DAWES QC
YEAR OF CALL 1993
Chambers and Partners New Silk category 2018.
James has been a member of chambers for 23 years. He specialises in the area of organised crime and complicated fraudulent enterprises. James has a mathematical mind and as befits a Physics graduate; he retains an interest in recent scientific advances.
Fraud and Other Financial Crime
R v EC and DC 2019, a 3 months long trial where James led for the Crown in which convictions were secured in a £10m of money laundering of the proceeds of the on-line sale of drugs such as Viagra and other prescription-only medicines. The money was paid through ostensible religious charities based in North London and then paid away through trade based money-laundering techniques to company bank accounts in Hong Kong, China, Panama, Cyprus ultimately to return the value of the money to the organisers in Israel.
R v ML 2018, a 2 months long trial alleging a complicated Ponzi scheme. James acted for ML who was the managing partner in a firm of accountants. £23 million of client money was said to have been dishonestly diverted and to accounts in Singapore, Cyprus and Thailand. A highly complex set of facts requiring close examination of the firms accounts and the investigation of transfers of money to multiple jurisdictions.
R v K and 6 others 2018, a 2 months long trial alleging large scale smuggling and distribution of non-duty paid cigarettes and alcohol in HGV lorries. James led for the prosecution, securing convictions in this factually complex set of circumstances investigated by the HMRC.
R v C, B and P 2018, James advised the Crown on the charging of three men accused of Capital Gains Tax evasion relating to 20 years of undeclared property deals. The trial is ongoing.
R v JL 2019, James instructed by the International Justice and Organised Crime Division, represented the Crown in a claim of abuse of process made by JL against the NCA relating to the removal of a UK citizen from northern Cyprus into the Republic of Cyprus and her subsequent deportation to the UK. A controversial and developing area of law dealing with two antipathetic jurisdictions. A successful defence of the claim has extended and the applied the law in the increasingly important authorities of R v Ibori  EWCA 2291 and R v Akarcay and the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police and the Secretary of State for the Home Department and the NCA  EWHC 159 (Admin).
R v G and C 2019, a 2 months long trial alleging historic sexual abuse by members of staff on boys in care spanning Lambeth, Kingston and South Wales council run children’s homes. James led for the prosecution securing convictions against both defendants. The trial required an attention to detail to the vast amount of material dating back to the early 1970s and the review of previous police investigations and inquiries.
R v B, 2018, a rape trial, James acted for the prosecution in this allegation of the systematic rape of a child over a period of 10 years who had been trafficked from Mongolia. A sensitive approach was essential to navigate a factual scenario strewn with cultural and familial pitfalls.
Drug and Firearm Offences
R v D and 5 others 2018, a huge Metropolitan police investigation into the smuggling of firearms (handguns, silencers, ammunition and a machine gun) from Lithuania to London and their subsequent sale to criminals. This was the third in a series of trials that James was instructed to lead in for the prosecution. The trial took 3 months and secured convictions against all significant defendants.
R v Y and R, 2018 the largest ever prosecution of an underground steroid laboratory in the South East, James acted for the prosecution secured convictions after unpicking a complex financial web spanning 7 years and millions of pounds.