Specialising in complex fraud, serious crime and regulatory work, James is renowned for giving sound legal advice in a clear and concise manner. James has particular experience in representing members of the medical profession at disciplinary hearings. Described by The Legal 500 as “A very personable and accomplished advocate”
James is a CPS Panel Advocate at the highest grade (4).
Keen legal mind
Fearless and skilled advocate
Approachable and easy manner assisting Clients in understand the law and issues.
Grade 4 Prosecutor
On the Attorney General’s list of preferred criminal advocates
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Experienced in all areas of financial crime for both the Defence and Prosecution. Expertise includes cases relating to cash detention and forfeiture, fraud, copyright, money laundering and confiscation.
Acted in prosecutions brought by the following authorities: SFO, CPS, Revenue and Customs, SOCA, DWP, DTI, BERR, NHS and FACT.
R v JW – Oxford Crown Court
International salesman accused of fraudulent expense claims.
R v AB –Lincoln Crown Court
Struck off solicitor accused of attempting to defraud the official liquidator whilst acting for a company in administration. Prosecuted by BIS. The value is £800,000.
R v MK – Teesside Crown Court
Multi-million-pound fraud prosecuted by Trading Standards. The Defendant is alleged to have designed a number of websites deliberately intending to mislead the public into believing that they have accessed government websites to arrange for driving licences, tax returns and other services offered by the government website. Led by Simon Bickler Q.C.
R v KW – Derby Crown Court
Allegations of cheating the revenue by failing to declare profits paid into a Spanish bank account. The value of the cheat is in excess of £300,000.
R v MNK – Leeds Crown Court
Fraud against the Western Union. As a result of insider information relating to security questions and system capabilities the group were able to make a large number of fraudulent transactions and withdraw over £250,000 in a three-month period.
R v SH – Leeds Crown Court
Fraud committed against the Department for Education by the Defendants who were setting up a free school academy. The Defendants diverted funds intended to set the school up by using fraudulent accounting practices and fresh air invoices.
R v GS – Teesside Crown Court
Partner in a Solicitors firm abused his positon as a solicitor to exercise power of attorney over clients’ bank accounts and pay money into his own accounts. The clients were all vulnerable by virtue of their age. The amount taken was in excess of £400,000.
R v PW – Teesside Crown Court
Represented the Defendant after he sacked his original Q.C. He had pleaded guilty to false accounting whilst the book keeper in a mortgage brokerage that had obtained over 90 million pounds in fraudulent mortgages. He received a suspended sentence.
R v DW – Southwark Crown Court
Leading junior in a multi-million pound long firm fraud. The Defendant was a director of one of the fraudulent companies used as a vehicle using credit to obtain goods before going into liquidation leaving the creditors unpaid.
R v David Ward – Leading Junior Barrister. The Defendant was prosecuted by the S.F.O for a multi-million pound fraud on the Sheffield City Council. By negotiating a basis of plea the Defendant avoided an immediate custodial sentence and the benefit figure for confiscation was less than £50,000
Operation Riperian – Long firm fraud conducted by seven defendants over a period of four years and using six different companies.
R v Mohammed OlyUdinMiah – Conspiracy to steal from Yorkshire Bank. Involved an inside man providing bank details and cheques were being forged.
R v Cybaniak – A two-handed confidence fraud. Attempts were made to trick old ladies to alter their wills and sell their homes.
James has vast experience in all areas of crime, including murder, rape and serious sexual offences.
Briefed as Leading Junior Counsel
Accomplished in dealing with difficult and sensitive cases with an emphasis on client care.
Specific expertise in drug conspiracies and cases involving serious sexual offences. Including young victims of sexual assault. Adept at dealing with expert evidence both in relation to presentation before juries and cross-examination.
R v Farhad Salah – Sheffield Crown Court
Led by Sam Green Q.C. Defendant charged with offences under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006. Defendant and co accused alleged to have been running an ISIS sleeper cell planning a bombing attack on Christmas day.
R v Neville Hord
Led by A Haslam Q.C. The Defendant is accused of Murder. Alleged to have entered Aldi in Skipton on the 21st December 2017 and stabbed a woman who was working there 12 times. Advised on preliminary issues and the instruction of a number of medical experts
R v Shabana Hussain – Leeds Crown Court
Defendant accused of defrauding Department for Education when setting up a Free School Academy in Bradford. Fraud alleged to have been in excess of £100,000. Necessary to cross-examine a number of accountants and civil servants from the Department of Education.
R v Justine Parker – Guildford Crown Court
Defendant alleged to have defrauded the international firm Belron by conspiring with her brother to obtain valuable contracts and performing little or no work in return for over £100,000.
R v TS – The Central Criminal Court
Leading junior in a people trafficking case. The Defendant received no further punishment as a result of successfully arguing autrefois convict.
R v PB – Leeds Crown Court
Junior alone representing a Defendant charged with Manslaughter.
R v Ojenbede – Leeds Crown Court
Junior alone representing a man charged with Attempted Murder. The Defendant was acquitted following a successful application to dismiss.
R v Sadiq and Sadiq
Instructed in music streaming piracy case. Involving new and complicated legal areas relating to Copyright legislation
R v EC (2013) wife of convicted fraudster charged and acquitted of money laundering.
Operation Sugarton– Conspiracy involving altering HPI status of used cars before selling them on. Over 50 vehicles involved and benefit alleged to be in excess of £225,000
Operation Tartare – Defended in a multimillion pound conspiracy to send high value stolen cars to Japan.
Operation Bromwich – Large Conspiracy to handle stolen car parts and export them to Dubai. Defendant was
R v AI – Led by Q.C for Defendant charged with joint enterprise Murder. Acquitted following half time submission.
R v AA – Led by Q.C. for Defendant charged with possession of a number of firearms with intent to endanger life. Defendant was acquitted.
R v Hanratty – Defendant charged with Child Neglect following the death of his child. Prosecuted by Q.C. and co accused represented by Q.C.
Operation Windermere – Defended in a multi-handed, multi-million pound drug importation and supply. Although convicted the Defendant received a suspended sentence.
R v K (Teesside Crown Court) Rape trial. Acquittal.
Regularly represents Doctors in complex inquest hearings. James’s criminal practice enables him to read and absorb large amounts of information, this skill transfers to his inquest work and helps him to identify relevant issues in complex cases to put the client’s case to the Coroner.
James provides legal advice and representation to Doctors at the General Medical Council on cases brought before the Interim Orders Panel and the Fitness to Practise tribunal. James also advises nurses and midwives on all matters before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, including fitness to practise, impairments, competence and physical or mental ill health. Renowned for giving sound legal advice in a clear and concise manner. James has particular experience in representing members of the medical profession at disciplinary hearings.
Professional Discipline Cases
NMC v ST- nurse accused of theft of medication. Impairment found but received a suspension.
NMC v CN – nurse accused of mistreating a patient, threatening a fellow colleague and subsequently dishonestly lying on a job application. Impairment found and initially suspended for three months but then no further action taken.
NMC v EC – nurse convicted in the magistrates court of harassment then admitted the facts before the NMC panel. Impairment found but only given a caution for five years.
NMC v CC- nurse charged with sleeping on night duty – these facts were not proved. Other charges the facts were admitted included dishonestly making false entries on patients’ medical notes. Impairment found and struck off.
As a result of previously having a civil practice I have a good working knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules. This combined with my advocacy skills and criminal practice means James is ideally suited to disciplinary and regulatory work. The areas of experience cover a wide range of regulations including Health and Safety in the work place, Trading Standards prosecutions and Licensing.
“A very personable and accomplished advocate”
“He is thorough and quick to grasp the issues in the case”
“Not fazed by any topic, and has a very good court presence”
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