James Earle
Year of call: 1996

Jim has specialised in criminal, regulatory, personal injury and related matters. He has particular interests in proceeds of crime applications; criminal appeals; courts martial; and work that involves the Mental Health Acts.

Areas of practice

  • Commercial: includes international agency, partnership, insolvency, contractual issues and sale of goods
  • Crime: environmental offences; local authority prosecutions; CPS prosecutions; defending in cases of drug cultivation, importation and possession; offences against public order; offences of violence; firearms; courts martial; licensing
  • Personal Injury: in particular, cases involving low velocity collisions and workplace injuries

For detailed guides to James' work, please click on one of the practice areas listed.

His Work

Jim is authorised to accept instructions directly from members of the public as well as from solicitors.

He has represented individuals, companies, and local authorities at every level of court up to and including the Court of Appeal.

His recent publications include a paper for a parliamentary select committee on the legal and ethical implications of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Notable Cases

Department of Business, Innovation & Skills v H (prosecuting in a case of fraud associated with an Individual Voluntary Arrangement).

Eastern Sea Fisheries Joint Committee & Natural England v Campbell & Lake (defending cockle fishermen in the Wash. Application for Judicial Review of interlocutory decision. Wide public and media interest, see especially Christopher Booker “The War Against Our Fishermen Continues” in The Daily Telegraph 14 Jan 10)

R v Stewart (defending in a case brought initially under the Explosive Substances Act 1883. Particular issues over mental health, dissociative fugue, and the admissibility of DNA and ANPR evidence)

Peterborough City Council v Ahmed & Ors (prosecuting a large-scale “car clocking” fraud with national reach. Considerable media interest, especially from BBC Watchdog)

Peterborough City Council v Mohammed Qureshi (prosecuting an allegation of unlawful eviction; appealed a terminatory ruling. See commentary in Megarry & Wade Law of Real Property 8th ed. Ch.19 & Archbold 2012 ed. Ch.29. Particular issues over vicarious liability; legislative intention; agency and interpretation of s.1(3A) Protection from Eviction Act 1977)

Green v DPP  (prosecuted in a leading case on photographic identification and the admissibility of police photograph albums)


What others say

"I want to express my sincere gratitude for your help, support and professionalism throughout my case. You represented my case in an exemplary manner and I feel confident that whatever happens I had the best representation. Regardless of the outcome of this case I will be eternally greful for all that you have done". Direct Access client

BA: Kent MA: King's College London Gainesville University Florida: Advanced Advocacy Scholar Accredited civil and commercial mediator: Alternative Dispute Resolution Group Member: Criminal Bar Association Association of Commonwealth Criminal Lawyers Committee member, Association of Military Court Advocates