James is an extremely busy and highly
energised criminal practitioner regularly appearing both for the defence and
for the prosecution.  

James is popular with solicitors
because he handles difficult clients with care and is experienced in dealing
with sensitive cases involving the sexual and physical abuse of children. He
also receives regular instructions as he responds swiftly to his solicitors’
requests for advice and information during the preparation of the case for

He is named in the current Chambers & Partners directory as a successful
criminal barrister on the Western Circuit. Market commentators highlight his
expertise in rape and serious sexual offences cases. He both prosecutes and
defends, and is praised by sources for his skill in dealing with sensitive

He is also Head of the Criminal Team
in Chambers.



He practises across the spectrum of criminal offences, including murder,
manslaughter, rape, robbery, serious violence, causing death by dangerous
driving, drugs offences, money laundering and fraud.

James also
frequently prosecutes and defends in sexual offences cases, including historic
allegations – where he has appeared in numerous trials for cases concerning
rape and child sexual abuse. The Legal 500 directory names James Newton-Price
as a leading criminal barrister on the western circuit for his expertise in
rape and sexual abuse cases."

In addition, James prosecutes and defends in large multi-defendant
conspiracy cases involving allegations of theft, fraud and money laundering,
which can include the presentation of complex mobile telephone and forensic
scientific evidence.   He possesses the ability to present and
explain detailed evidence in easily understandable formats.

Recent cases include:

·        R v B – the successful defence of a young student
charged with the rape of another student in her bed, relying on the unusual
defence of automatism: "sexsomnia” or sexual intercourse during sleep.

·        R v Calloo – the successful defence of a young man
charged with a serious intruder rape in a trial before the Grand Court of the
Cayman Islands

·        R v Last, Loveridge & Smith – leading counsel
for the Prosecution in a major six week trial of a gang of violent armed
robbers, who were convicted of cash-in-transit robberies of banks and numerous
other offences, stealing over £500,000. (click for
press coverage)

·        R v Hancock & others – A murder in which two
Londoners were hired and paid to beat up a Portsmouth man and killed him in the
attack.   The case included complex issues of joint enterprise,
identification by CCTV imagery and DNA evidence.R v Ward & others – This
was a nine defendant conspiracy to steal which achieved national publicity
following a trial lasting 3 months in 2009-2010.

·        R v Proudfoot & others –A four defendant £1.4
million "long firm fraud”.

·        R v Bicknell & others – A five defendant
conspiracy to burgle over 40 properties.

·        R v Taiwo – A £1.3 million multiple identity fraud.

·        R v Holland – An organised armed (firearms) robbery
of money, involving the torture of the elderly victim.

·        R v O’Dell – The successful defence of man accused
of rape and indecent assault when he was a teenager in the early 1970s – the
case involved three trials and several abuse of process applications.


·        Junior counsel in the Grobbelaar & Fashanu
match – fixing trials

·        Prosecuted three self-styled "vampires” for the
religious harassment of a vicar and his family


James has
extensive experience in the field of compliance with money laundering
regulations, confiscation and asset recovery, having been instructed in many
cases of this kind in recent years.


He has taken
his regulatory practice into many and diverse areas: health and safety
regulation, breaches of maritime law, planning enforcement and animal
protection. Recent cases include:


·        R v Matthews - case concerned the manslaughter by
gross negligence of a casual worker, who was killed in gas cylinder explosion
in a scrap metal yard.   The company was also charged with health and
safety offences, arising from unsafe working practices at the yard.  

·        The defence of a small company charged with health
and safety offences, arising from an accident in which a worker lost his finger
whilst operating cutting machinery in a factory.

·        The defence of Polish cargo ship captain who was
charged with maritime regulatory offences when his ship was involved in a near
collision with a large passenger ferry in the Solent.

·        The defence of an experienced luxury yacht crewman
who was prosecuted by the Maritime & Coastguard agency for working without
obtaining the necessary qualifications.

·        A planning enforcement case in which the
householder was charged with breaches of planning regulations for the
construction of a roof extension.

·        Acting for a turkey farmer and a horse owner – both
of whom were prosecuted for failure to comply with animal welfare regulations.

James is
also developing a practice in the regulation and discipline of medical and
health care professionals, having recently been instructed in the case of a
doctor who continued to work in a hospital, despite having been suspended by
the General Medical Council.

cases include acting as junior counsel in the Grobbelaar & Fashanu match –
fixing trials.


Newton-Price has extensive experience of all areas of Transport Law

·        successfully representing individuals and companies
at Public Inquiry hearings before the Traffic Commissioner when their goods
vehicle operator's licence is at risk

·        successful defence of clients who work in
professional and managerial occupations, who are charged with road traffic
offences, and who are at risk of losing their driving licence 

·        acting for high-profile individuals (including a Radio
One DJ) who are charged with road traffic offences

·        experienced in cases that concern lorry drivers'
hours, tachograph offences and breaches of the Construction & Use
Regulations (overweight vehicles), including appeals to the Crown Court

·        familiar with cases of drink-driving or driving
whilst unfit that involve the back-calculation of blood-alcohol levels or the
effect of prescribed medication

James is
also known for his sensitive handling of clients and witnesses in the
prosecution and the defence of the offences of Causing Death by Dangerous
Driving and Causing Death by Careless Driving in the Crown Court.  This
includes cases that have involved the mechanical failure of vehicles,
overtaking and racing, the effect of drugs and alcohol, falling asleep at the
wheel and multiple deaths.




·        BA (Honours) University of Oxford

·        Diploma in Law, City University, London


Circuit, Criminal Bar Association, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary


·        James enjoys good art, fine wine, page turning
fiction, time off with his family and of course Fulham FC.

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