James joined chambers having previously worked in-house at two of the country's leading criminal defence firms, and at the Crown Prosecution Service, before completing pupillage in the Oxford area. He is a junior practitioner who brings with him a wealth of experience of dealing with all types of cases within the criminal arena, including some serious and high profile matters. His robust but sensitive approach makes him a popular choice with clients and an opponent to be reckoned with.
He is able to handle a wide range of cases in the Crown Court and regularly deals with violent offences, the possession, production and supplying of controlled drugs, driving offences including dangerous driving, burglary, aggravated burglary, robbery, fraud, and offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
He is experienced in dealing with sensitive matters such as those involving domestic abuse, interpreters, intermediaries, and vulnerable witnesses. He has also been instructed in numerous cases involving more complex issues of law and fact, where expert evidence has been relied upon. He is regarded as an extremely hard working individual who prides himself on being well prepared and brings to every case a thorough and analytical approach, sound advice and excellent court skills. James's approach makes him particularly adept at handling the more demanding clients.
- General Crime
- Forfeiture & Confiscation
- Private Prosecution
- Regulatory & Disciplinary Work
Appointments & Memberships
- Gray's Inn
- Criminal Bar Association
- Midland Circuit
- Cybercrime Practitioners Association
- Disciplinary, Dispute and Appeal Panel Member for British Canoeing
R v BT (Northampton) - 2019
Secured acquittal after trial of man accused of sexually assaulting his friend’s wife.
R v O’Grady & Lake (Northampton) - 2019
Led Junior in successful prosecution of parents who had wilfully neglected a number of their 12 children, and had singled out one of the elder children for particularly brutal treatment, keeping him in a room without a bed, other furniture or light, and forcing him to sleep in his own excrement.
R v LB (Leicester) - 2019
Secured acquittal of 30-year old woman accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year old boy.
R v JM (Leicester) - 2018
Successful submission of no case to answer where man accused of a racially aggravated assault upon two Portuguese males in Leicester City Centre.
R v LM (Northampton) - 2018
Successful defence of carer accused of sexually abusing man with cerebral palsy.
R v CJ (Nottingham) – 2016
Successful defence at trial of man accused of growing 180 cannabis plants at his home address.
R v Isse & Nyanor (St Albans) - 2016
Successful prosecution at trial of defendants charged with supplying cannabis and Alpha-PVP on a commercial scale.
R v Mills (Northampton) - 2016
Secured conviction after trial of a man accused of repeatedly assaulting his 6-year old grandson.
R v Smith (Leicester) - 2016
Secured conviction after trial of man accused of dangerous driving, where he had been one of three people in the car, and was asserting that he had simply been a passenger in the vehicle.
R v KM (Leicester) - 2015
Defended a young man of no previous convictions, who was accused of taking part in a large-scale affray outside a nightclub in Leicester. The prosecution were successfully persuaded to offer no evidence against him on the day of trial.
R v Green & Evans (Northampton) – 2015
Successful prosecution at Newton Hearing where one of the Defendants was found to have been higher up the commercial chain in the supply of cocaine.
R v PS (Coventry) – 2015
Defence of man accused of third strike burglary. Although convicted, mitigation advanced after trial resulted in the court taking the exceptional course of not imposing the mandatory 3-year minimum sentence, and instead passing a suspended sentence.