James Holding

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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 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