James Hines QC acts in major international fraud, crime and extradition cases, both prosecuting and defending. His experience, versatility and judgment are highly sought after.
In crime he has acted in all areas including corruption, murder, robbery, and drugs. He has advised and acted in private prosecutions and for some years was outside criminal counsel for the Microsoft Corporation.
James has acted in numerous SFO, FCA and CMA cases. For 25 years he almost exclusively appeared for the defence. In April 2015 he was instructed by the SFO to lead for the prosecution in the US$ LIBOR trial of Barclay employees.James recently returned from two months in the Cayman Islands where he was prosecuting two defendants CW & BB, the former Treasurer and General Secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association. They are accused of involvement in corruption, false accounting and money laundering in relation to a payment of US$1.54m from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football Associations. The pretrial applications concerned abuse and disclosure. In 2019 James travelled to the Cayman Islands to assist the DPP with the Island’s response to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force. Between November 2019 and March 2020, he prosecuted 5 defendants in the Grand Court in relation to smuggling US$7m of raw Venezuelan gold on a private jet as an exercise in Money Laundering.

Notable clients include ‘the Nat West three’ and Silvio Berlusconi (by live television link to his trial in Milan).

He is known for his phenomenal ability and knowledge, his intelligent advocacy and his commanding court presence. Recognised as a Leading silk in International Crime / Extradition in Legal 500 2021. Called to the Bar 1982, Silk 2015. Bar Council Ethics Committee, Vice Chair (crime).

James sits on the Direct Access Panel of the Bar Council  

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