James Gelsthorpe has been practising at the Bar since 2011. He prosecutes and defends in serious cases in the Crown Court, both on his own and as junior counsel and has appeared in cases of murder, fraud and historic abuse allegations. He also deals with complex medical cases in a regulatory context and is frequently called upon to digest and present dense technical material in and accessible and easily understandable way.
In crime James regularly appears in the Crown Court for both defence and prosecution. He is experienced with sensitive issues of domestic violence and dealing with vulnerable witnesses.
James has acted for local authorities in private prosecutions in trading standards, environmental protection and planning offences.
He also regularly deals with driving offences in the Magistrates’ Court.
James is instructed by the General Medical Council to present cases in the Medical Practitioners Tribunal concerning allegations of misconduct made against doctors. These include allegations of deficient performance, misconduct both in and out of a professional context.
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.
James appears regularly in the County Court in matters of personal injury, contractual disputes and housing matters. His personal injury practice encompasses the full range of matters including road traffic accidents, occupier’s and employer’s liability, highways act claims and injuries caused by animals. He is experienced in drafting statements of case, advices on liability and quantum and skeleton arguments for trial.
James is also instructed on behalf of businesses in commercial matters to seek injunctions in relation to the unlawful trading practices of other businesses.
James also appears in the County Court on housing related matters, acting for both landlords and tenants.