James is senior solicitor within the criminal defence department. He has over 10 years of experience of dealing with defence of criminal related matters from the earliest Police Station stage, to the Magistrates’ Courts and also at Crown Court. James also has an interest in Proceeds of Crime work, having represented clients in the most complex of confiscation cases.
James obtained his law degree from the University of Birmingham and undertook vocational training at Staffordshire University. He has practised in various court centres across England and Wales, most regularly in the Midlands and North West.
James regularly attends Magistrates’ courts as an advocate dealing with all criminal offences including matters where the client is a young person under 18 years of age. He often represents clients at the Police Station when they are first arrested and has a strong ethos that preparation of a client’s defence at the earliest stage is key to securing the best possible result. In many cases, James has secured a withdrawal of proceedings by the prosecution. Client care is of paramount importance and in order to ensure continuity, James will maintain ownership and responsibility for cases from beginning to end.
James is an expert in motoring defence, assisting clients in preserving their licence and obtaining the best possible outcome at Court.
James is the leading advocate at Crown Defence for enforcement proceedings in Proceeds of Crime matters, having successfully defended numerous clients and preventing the activation of default periods of imprisonment.