James was called to the bar in 1993 and practised from chambers at 4 Breams Buildings before joining MK Law in 2016.
James has dedicated his practice to defence work, initialising specialising in representing those charged with serious sexual offences before extending his practice to defend charges of major drug importation, computer virus fraud, VAT fraud, murder, kidnapping and modern slavery. He is qualified and experienced in the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses.
More recently James has been instructed with respect to matters involving offences contrary to the Terrorism Act 2006.
James has appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal advocating in guideline cases, arguing successfully for fair trials and appealing excessive sentences.
James always cares passionately about every outcome for his trials and provides assurance that every argument is persuasively presented.
Some of James’ notable cases
R v M – multi-handed murder allegation at the Old Bailey involving youth defendants;
R v O £12 million VAT fraud
R v B attempted murder
R v V Kidnapping and 6 year serial rape
R v D Courier Fraud
R v N Kidnapping
R v B possession of firearms with intent to endanger life
R v O Aggravated burglary
R v K Dissemination of Terrorist Material
R v O GBH with intent
R v G child cruelty