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 Trinity Chambers Prize, hightest scoring candidate on the BPTC at Northumbria University Criminal Practice Prize, Northumbria University 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, having recently secured the acquittal of a teaching assistant of good character charged with s20 grievous bodily harm on an 11 year old boy with behavioural difficulties in a school setting.

Having been instructed as a disclosure junior in a gang-related attempted murder trial, James has a strong understanding of disclosure procedures, including police intelligence and sensitive material disclosure, which he utilises when prosecuting or defending.

In support of his Crown Court practice, James has a strong presence in the Magistrates’ Court. His meticulous approach to procedure and thorough knowledge of the criminal law means that clients receive fair trials even in a setting where speedy justice is seen to be paramount.

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.

Before being called to the Bar, James worked for a defence firm specialising in criminal law. He was the case handler for a seven-handed, eleven count indictment which included kidnap, blackmail, drugs offences and firearms offences. Due to his training, he was responsible for drafting hearsay and bad character applications as well as grounds of appeal to the Court of Appeal and referrals to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.  James also has experience dealing with contested Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings.

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

Elaine Foster-Morgan on 0113 213 5217

Robyn Nichol on 0113 213 5253