James Holding

Year of call:



2014 - Lancaster University, LLB (Hons)

2015 - BPTC, Outstanding, Northumbria University


2018 - Pupil at Park Square Barristers

2019 - Tenant at PSQB

2020 - CPS Level 2 Prosecutor


2014 - Deans Award, Northumbria University

2015 - Campbell Foster Prize, Middle Temple

2015 - Trinity Chambers Prize, hightest scoring candidate on the BPTC at Northumbria University

2015 - Criminal Practice Prize, Northumbria University

2015 - Opinion Writing Prize, Northumbria University

James specialises in criminal law and is a Grade 2 Panel Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service. He is regularly instructed to conduct trials in the Crown Court for both the prosecution and defence. James’ straight talking approach allows him to quickly build up a rapport with clients and earn their trust. His attention to detail and strong work ethic are reflected in his trials, even when he is instructed late in proceedings.

James has a proven track record in defending hard-working professionals against allegations of wrongdoing. In particular, James has secured three successive acquittals of teachers and teaching assistants charged with offences of violence against pupils. His expertise in this area ensures that juries and magistrates always have the full picture by seeking disclosure of pupils’ behavioural records and any previous allegations that they have made.

James utilises his knowledge of the criminal courts to represent high-profile offenders in parole Board hearings. he recently secured the release of an offender who had been in prison for over 30 years serving multiple life sentences for the gravest of offences.

Having acted as a disclosure junior in a series of grooming trials, James has a strong understanding of disclosure procedures, including police intelligence and sensitive material disclosure, which he utilises when prosecuting and defending.

James also has a keen interest in road traffic offences and regularly defends and mitigates for those facing points endorsement or disqualification. James demonstrates his expertise in this area by delivering seminars to local solicitors on the intricacies of motoring offences.


Contact James’ clerks

Andrew Thornton on 0113 213 5202

Gina Hawkins on 0113 213 5205

Rebecca Wilson on 0113 213 5203

Hannah Dempsey on 0113 213 5211

Lucy Finney on 0113 213 5220

Alysha Taylor on 0113 213 5224

Alistair Bradley on 01132135253


James has a strong regulatory practice and utilises this experience across a range of disciplines.

James is regularly instructed by South Yorkshire Police to represent them in firearms appeals. His extensive knowledge of the relevent case law, Home Office guidance and internal police procedures make him an ideal candidate for those facing revocation of their licence.

James regularly delivers training to connstruction firms on how to handle police or Health and Safety Executive led prosecutions for breaches under the releveant legislation. This includes delivering mock trials to ensure that directors and employees understand the effects of their acts and omissions and just how easy it is for them to find themselves in the dock.

With regards to alcohol licensing, James regularly represents local authorities and police forces in review proceedings. Most notably, he appeared on behalf of a local police force in proceedings against a public house that had been caught serving during the Coronavirus lockdown.

He is experienced in taxi licensing matters and also has experience in noise abatement proceedings brought by local councils.



Contact James’ clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Imogen Brown on 0113 2135225

Jenny Dwan on 01132135213