A respected criminal lawyer James has particular interests in proceeds of crime applications, criminal appeals, courts martial, and work that involves the Mental Health Act.
Areas of practice
A full spectrum, including:
- Cannabis cultivation
- Environmental and regulatory law
- Proceeds of crime
- Fishery protection
- Unlawful eviction
- Death by dangerous driving
- Sexual offences
- Supply of Class A drugs
- Trading standards
- Serious offences of violence
James works in a breadth of practice areas and has experience of coroners’ courts, mental health tribunals, licensing, and aspects of aviation and maritime law. He also has an interest in the treatment and handling of child defendants and vulnerable witnesses.
He lectures on issues of mental capacity in criminal proceedings, and is a speaker on the Great Ormond Street Hospital course for consultant psychiatrists who wish to give expert evidence in court.
James is qualified and available to take instructions under the Direct Professional Access scheme.
Recent publications include a paper for a parliamentary select committee on the legal and ethical implications of unmanned aerial vehicles.
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
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
Peterborough City Council v Mohammed Qureshi: prosecuting an allegation of unlawful eviction; appealed a terminatory ruling
Green v DPP: prosecuted in a leading case on photographic identification and the admissibility of police photograph albums