Henry James has a busy practice. In recent years his caseload has included murders, arsons, large scale drugs conspiracies, frauds, conspiracy to commit bankruptcy offences, serious assaults.
In 2004 he was instructed in the landmark historic sexual assault case of R v Smolinski. Since then he has maintained a successful record both as a prosecutor and defence advocate in allegations of contemporary and historic abuse. Outside of court he has advised extensively on Sexual Offender Prevention Orders (now Sex Harm Prevention Orders). He has also been instructed to provide pre-charge advices in a large number of complex sexual cases. He is a level 3 rape accredited prosecutor.
Never content simply to accept the decision of first instance, Henry has a long and successful record of challenging sentences and convictions in the Court of Appeal. As well as dealing with his own cases, he has also been instructed to advise on a significant number of cold cases - successfully pursuing numerous out of time appeals against both determinate and indeterminate sentences.
R v C Oxford Crown Court – 2017 Indecent assault (prosecution)
The defendant was accused of historic indecent assaults from the 1970s involving spanking young girls for his sexual gratification. Unusally the defendant’s wife (deceased) was implicated and the complainants initial account did not include a number fo incidents that had been preserved in photographs by the defendant. Mr C was convicted.
R v W, Birmingham Crown Court – 2017 Rape (defence)
Appeal pending leave after the trial judge excluded evidence that the complainant in an historic sex case suffered from Munchausen’s Syndrome.
R v F Northampton Crown Court – 2017 (defence)
Conspiracy to supply class A drugs .The defendant was accused of couriering her drug dealing boyfriend as he went about his business. She was of good character but provided a very confused account in her interview. The page count was some 10,000. The defendant was acquitted.
R v J Northampton Crown Court – 2016 (defence) Rape
The 18 year old defendant was accused of raping an older man, the defendant maintained that the man in question had sexually predated him over a number of years. The defendant was acquitted.
R v M Northampton Crown Court – 2016 (defence) – Conspiracy to supply class A drugs
The defendant was a young woman who was placed by the Crown as a trusted lieutenant with a significant role in a large conspiracy with an indicative turnover of some 20 kg of cocaine. The page count was some 90,000. Following an aborted Newton and mitigation she was sentenced to only 5 years and 4 months.
R v G Oxford Crown Court – 2015 (prosecution) – Historic rape and sexual assault
The defendant was charged with a campaign of rapes and sexual assault in the 1970s, 80s & 90s. The defendant was in his 70s by the time of trial. He was convicted and sentenced to 18 years.
R v A 2015 (defence)
Miss A appeared charged with her mother and brother accused of conspiring to commit bankruptcy offences involving a trading fund that grew to over £6.5 million. After a 3 week trial Miss A was acquitted.
R v M, Northampton Crown Court – 2013 Murder (defence - led)
The defendant was charged with two others. They were all drinkers and had filmed themselves beating and humiliating a fourth man before leaving him to die.
Court of Appeal Cases
R v Rey  EWCA Crim 2226
R v Smolinski  2 Cr App R 40
R v Hawkins  EWCA Crim 2842
R v Iqbal  EWCA Crim 1302
R v Spencer  EWCA Crim 188
R v Ralph  EWCA Crim 610
R v Mashoud  1 Cr App R (S) 113
R v Multi-Hungwe  2 Cr App R (S) 6
R v T  EWCA Crim 729
R v Kotecha  EWCA Crim 2229
R v Nguyen  EWCA Crim 2634
R v Moss  1 Crim App R (S) 31
R v Andrews  EWCA Crim 1381
R v Denton  EWCA Crim 695
R v Turner  EWCA Crim 775
R v Eddy  EWCA Crim 2534
R v Campbell  Crim EWCA 832
R v Muthulingham  EWCA 2409
R v Pilat  EWCA Crim 688
R v Johnson  2 Cr App R (S) 47
R v Shemwell  EWCA Crim 2249
R v Spencer  EWCA Crim 1882