James is a Grade 1 Panel Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service and regularly conducts Crown Court appeals for both the prosecution and defence.
James is regularly instructed to appear in the Magistrates’ Court on behalf of the prosecution and defence. When appearing on behalf of defendants, James quickly builds up a rapport with clients and has experience in handling cases from first hearing through to trial and sentence when necessary. His experience as a prosecutor gives him a sound understanding of a wide variety of offences including domestic violence and sexual offences. His prosecution work also affords him a firm grasp on disclosure issues and CPS procedure with a view to securing pre-trial disposal where possible.
When prosecuting, James handles busy trial lists as an agent for the Crown Prosecution Service as well as assisting in GAP and remand lists. James is regularly commended for his manner with complainants and witnesses alike.
James also has a keen interest in road traffic offences and regularly defends and mitigates for those facing points endorsement or disqualification.
Before commencing his pupillage, 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 as a barrister, 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.