James prosecutes and defends in 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 barristers in cases of factual and legal complexity often involving multiple defendants.
James is experienced and approved to prosecute rape, child abuse and other serious sexual offences.
He has substantial experience in dealing with telephone and cell site data. He is knowledgeable about the Encrochat platform and dealt with one of the first prosecutions in which it featured. He is currently instructed by CPS London and the Complex Casework Unit in a number of ‘Venetic’ cases.
Notable Crime cases
Operation Estadio, Woolwich Crown Court, 2020-22
Leading Emilie Morrison in prosecution of 5 defendants for the purchase and distribution of 89kg+ of cocaine and the laundering of at least £3.5m+ following the successful infiltration of EncroChat. Members of this professional and sophisticated Organised Criminal Network were sentenced to substantial terms with the two principal defendants each
receiving 25 years’ imprisonment.
Operation Acceptilate, Kingston Upon Thames CC, 2021-22
Leading Laura Hibberd in prosecution of Organised Criminal Group in EncroChat ‘Venetic’ case that involved principal defendants dealing in 100+ kilos of cocaine.
Operation Enlist, Southwark CC, 2021
Leading Laura Hibberd in prosecution of Organised Criminal Group for multiple conspiracies to supply class A and B drugs. Principal defendant used EncroChat and dealt in multi-kilo quantities of cocaine.
Operation Scenario, Southwark CC, 2021
Successfully prosecuted Organised Criminal Group in EncroChat ‘Venetic’ case.
R v JA, Central Criminal Court, 2021
Successfully prosecuted defendant for an attempted so-called honour killing.
R v PJ, Maidstone CC, 2020
Defended in allegation of causing death of a motorcyclist by careless driving. Successfully argued that charge should be dismissed.
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 CC, 2020
Led by Tom Little QC, Senior Treasury Counsel. Successfully prosecuted serial rapist sentenced to life imprisonment.
Operation Labootan, Kingston CC, (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 CC, 2019
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 careless 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 CC, 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 CC, 2017
Successfully prosecuted non-recent inter-familial rape and child abuse (sexual, physical and psychological) case which spanned 4 decades and involved multiple complainants.
R v PO, Isleworth CC, 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.