James is a busy criminal barrister with extensive experience of Crown Court and appellate advocacy. He has recently been instructed to defend in a wide range of serious criminal matters including fraud, rape, and terrorism offences. Although now practising predominantly in criminal defence, James has experience of prosecuting for a number of agencies, including the Crown Prosecution Service, and is occasionally instructed to prosecute private prosecutions. He also accepts instructions in associated practice areas such as courts martial, prison law, and Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings.


James is regularly instructed to advise on appeal in relation to: appeals to the Court of Appeal against conviction and sentence; appeals to the High Court by way of Judicial Review and Case Stated; and appeals to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.


James studied Law and Criminology at the University of Cambridge before undertaking a common law pupillage. James has experience of civil practice and has appeared before a range of tribunals including: the Chancery Division of the High Court (including the Companies Court and Bankruptcy Court); the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court; the Employment Tribunal; and the County Court. This breadth of experience has stood James in very good stead as an adaptable and experienced advocate.


MA, University of Cambridge.
MPhil (Criminology), University of Cambridge.
BVC, Inns of Court School of Law.
BA (Law), University of Cambridge.


James is a pupil supervisor and an accredited advocacy trainer: he regularly teaches advocacy and professional ethics to pupils and new practitioners.

James has been Nexus Chambers’ Equality & Diversity Officer since May 2015.

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