James became a member of Chambers in 2012 and has earned a reputation as a highly skilled and effective criminal and regulatory lawyer. He is regularly instructed in complex and high-profile cases and is known for his diligence and thorough approach to all his cases.
James is a CPS Level 4 prosecutor and is regularly instructed in cases concerning homicide, serious fraud and those involving organised crime. He appears for both the local authority and defendants in Trading Standards cases.
James is currently instructed by the Appellant whose case has been referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. The Appellant was convicted in 1980 for the manslaughter of 26 people in 11 fires having made confessions to the police. The case has been referred as there are significant concerns about the reliability of the confession statements made.
Prosecution of organised crime group for conspiracy to cause explosions
Prosecution of a man for the murder of eight members of the same family in 2002. He was extradited in 2019 having evaded justice abroad for 17 years.
Prosecution of three men for the execution of a member of a rival gang.
Defence of a police officer charged with perverting the course of justice. James’s client was the only defendant acquitted following two trials in the Crown Court.
Defence of company director charged with fraudulent trading.
Defence of leading defendant in a ‘County Lines’ drugs conspiracy.
Prosecution of the man responsible for laundering the proceeds of ‘online scammers’ based in India. This was only the third successful prosecution of its type.
James is part of Chambers’ specialist GMC team and is a member of the ‘Fitness to Practise’ panel. He receives instructions in cases concerning allegations of misconduct made against doctors. These include cases which involve complex medical issues, allegations of deficient performance, and misconduct both in and out of a professional context.
James has also advised in matters of police misconduct.
Allegation of misconduct concerning a doctor faking a heart attack to make a claim on an insurance policy.
Disciplinary proceedings following colleague’s concerns about the doctor’s professional performance, which required in depth analysis of the correct approach to several surgical procedures.