Since joining New Park Court Chambers in 2012 James has earned a reputation as a highly skilled and effective criminal and regulatory lawyer. He is known for his diligence and thorough approach and is often praised for the level of pragmatism and common sense he brings to bear on all his cases. James is expanding his regulatory practice which includes acting on behalf of the General Medical Council in doctors’ disciplinary hearings.
Currently, James is engaged in several high-profile and complex criminal cases. He is prosecuting in a revenge-shooting murder trial and is acting on behalf of an Appellant granted permission to appeal his 1980 convictions for 26 counts of manslaughter.
James has also represented a Core Participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (https://www.iicsa.org.uk) and has represented the family of a man found to have been unlawfully killed on a section of controversial ‘Smart Motorway’
James acts as the Company Secretary to New Park Court Chambers Ltd and sits on the Pupillage Committee. He is also a Trustee and the Secretary of the North Eastern Circuit Charity Committee.
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 defendants in a revenge-shooting murder.
Prosecution of organised crime group for conspiracy to cause explosions
Defence of leading defendant in a ‘County Lines’ drugs conspiracy.
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.
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 recently appeared before the Sheffield Coroner’s Court, representing the family of a man who had been killed on a section of ‘Smart Motorway’ on the M1 by the driver of a lorry who admitted to causing death by careless driving. In recording a verdict of unlawful killing the Coroner made broader observations regarding the safety of Smart Motorways, following the acceptance of police and Highways England witnesses that the death would likely not have occurred had there been a hard shoulder. The Coroner has recommended there be an inquiry into the policy of rolling out Smart Motorways across the road network.
James represented one of the Core Participants in the phase of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse which considered the institutional responses to the allegations made about the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC.
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.
Doctor convicted of serious offences related to child sexual abuse.
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.
Allegation of misconduct concerning a doctor faking a heart attack to make a claim on an insurance policy.