James is an extremely busy and energised criminal practitioner who regularly appears both for the defence and for the prosecution. He sits as a Recorder on the Western Circuit and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2018. He has been instructed in a series of murder cases since taking Silk and achieved the acquittal of his client on murder and manslaughter charges at a recent trial. He was also praised for his successful prosecution of the harrowing case of a mother and her partner for causing or allowing the death of their 24 day old baby who had suffered 42 bone fractures.
James is popular with solicitors because he handles difficult clients with care and is experienced in dealing with sensitive cases involving the sexual and physical abuse of children. He receives regular instructions because he responds swiftly to his solicitors’ requests for advice and information during the preparation of the case for trial.
He is named in the current Chambers & Partners directory as a successful criminal barrister on the Western Circuit. Market commentators highlight his expertise in rape and serious sexual offences cases. He both prosecutes and defends, and is praised by solicitors for his skill in dealing with sensitive clients and complex cases.
He is also Head of the Criminal and Regulatory Team in Chambers. He sits as a Legal Assessor for the Health & Care Professions Tribunal Service and as a Legally Qualified Chair for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.