James prosecutes and defends in complex cases of Serious and Organised Crime. He is a grade 4 prosecutor on the CPS General Panel and CPS Serious Crime Panel. He is regularly instructed to lead other juniors in cases of factual and legal complexity and multi-handed cases.
James is experienced and approved to prosecute rape, child abuse and other serious sexual offences.
He has significant experience and expertise in dealing with telephone and cell site data. He is knowledgeable about Encrochat enabled devices and dealt with one of the first prosecutions in which they featured. He is currently instructed by CPS London and the CCU in a number of ‘Venetic’ cases.
Notable Crime cases
Operation Edge, Woolwich CC, 2020
Leading Jennifer Newcomb and Kyah Mufti in substantial conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs by an Organised Criminal Group. All defendants convicted and sentenced to substantial terms of imprisonment.
R v WT
Croydon Crown Court, 2020: Led by Tom Little QC, Senior Treasury Counsel. Successfully prosecuted serial rapist sentenced to life imprisonment.
Kingston Crown Court, 2018-2020: First junior to Christopher Donnellan QC in substantial (1 tonne plus) conspiracy to supply high purity cocaine (£32m wholesale) that spanned December 2016 to January 2018.
R v HP, KM and AS
Harrow Crown Court, 2019 before Simler LJ (sitting as a judge of the High Court): Leading Jennifer Oborne in premediated and sustained assault to abort the foetus of a pregnant teenager. Complicated issues relating to the Modern Slavery Act arose. All defendants successfully prosecuted.
R v SG
Central Criminal Court, 2019: Successfully defended HGV driver accused of causing a death by dangerous driving. Proceedings stayed as an abuse of process following legal argument and after s8 disclosure requests unearthed police corruption during the investigation that tainted evidence from various eye witnesses and caused exhibits not to be retained.
R v AA
Snaresbrook Crown Court, 2018: Successfully prosecuted Scoutmaster who groomed and sexually abused at least 7 young cubs and scouts, aged between 9 and 13 years.
R v GS, Woolwich Crown Court, 2017
Successfully prosecuted non-recent inter-familial rape and child abuse (sexual, physical and physiological) case which spanned 4 decades and involved multiple complainants.
R v PO
Isleworth Crown Court, 2017: Successfully prosecuted the defendant dubbed ‘Ripper of Ravenscourt’ who attacked eight women including one schoolgirl over the course of three days around the Ravenscourt Park area of London.