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James joined Chambers in September 2019 after successful completion of pupillage  under the tutelage of Stephen Ainsley and Anthony Davis.

James accepts instructions in the following fields:


James prosecutes and defends in all manner of hearings in the Crown Court and Magistrates Court.

Prior to coming to the Bar, James worked at a leading criminal defence solicitors firm in North Yorkshire for 3 years. This role encompassed working as a case worker in Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court matters, ranging from relatively minor road traffic cases to murder and serious sexual offences. James also provided representation to prisoners in Independent Adjudications and Parole Board hearings and is keen to accept instructions in prison law matters.

James is a fully accredited police station representative and over a 3 year period, advised detained persons in all manner of alleged criminal offences, including murder, organised crime, sexual offences and driving offences. James also successfully represented a professional photographer who was alleged to have breached a number of the provisions of the Air Navigation Order 2016. James not only advised the client at the police station in this case but also subsequently represented the client in a hearing before the Civil Aviation Authority.

Since being at the Bar, James has represented the prosecution and defence in numerous trials, including being led in a 3-week trial involving an allegation of importation of cocaine with a street value of approximately £10 million.


James is passionate about family law and is keen to expand his practice in this area. He accepts instructions in both public and private law matters. He has thus far appeared in a number of contested final hearings, including the following:

Re S (2019) – Represented the local authority in a 3-day contested final hearing involving issues of domestic violence and parental failure to protect the child. The case resulted in Special Guardianship Orders being made.

Re L (2019) – Represented the local authority in a contested final hearing involving allegations of chronic neglect and parental dishonesty with professionals. The case resulted in care and placement orders being made.

Re W (2019) – Represented the mother in opposing the local authority’s application for care and placement orders.

Re A (2019) – Private law matter involving issues of parental alienation.

Professional Qualifications/Memberships

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple;

BA (Hons) Politics, Newcastle University (2013);

Graduate Diploma in Law with Commendation, University of Law (2014);