James joined chambers in October 2019, following the successful completion of pupillage.

James has been instructed in a broad range of criminal matters in the magistrates’ courts, the youth courts and the Crown Court on behalf of the defence and the prosecution. He has defended clients in cases involving serious and domestic violence, possession of weapons, drugs offences and road traffic matters. He is also regularly instructed to prosecute trials in the magistrates’ courts on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Before coming to the Bar, James qualified as a Chartered Accountant at a Big 4 firm, specialising in external financial audit of large listed companies. He also spent some years working as a group financial accountant at a leading healthcare group, ensuring regulatory compliance with IFRSs and the Companies Acts and working on a major restructuring programme.

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