Leading Serious Crime Barrister

Jim ranks as a leading serious crime barrister and has extensive experience in cases involving allegations of homicide (murder and manslaughter), drugs offences, money laundering, extradition and other violent and sexual offences.

Jim defended in the New of the World phone hacking case and has frequently advised individuals and companies who have found themselves the victims of “hacking” or “spyware” attempted fraud.  In addition, Jim has represented a number of high profile companies and individuals in relation to investigations (and prosecutions) brought by the Information Commission under the Data Protection Act.  Jim’s experience in relation to such “cyber-crime” cases has included advising in Russia, Europe and the Middle East.

Excellent criminal defence barrister who is praised for his strategic guidance, effective courtroom presence and his outstanding client care, particularly when dealing with vulnerable individuals. He is also admired for his strong work ethic and his collaborative approach to working with instructing solicitors…He is an incredibly hard-working silk who is brilliant in and out of court when dealing with clients. There is a bit of stardust about him. He is absolutely exceptional – his attention to detail, his empathy, his experience and his tactical guidance are all phenomenal. He manages clients through every part of the process very well.”
Chambers & Partners

Since acting for Colin Stagg (The Rachel Nickell murder), he has been instructed in numerous matters where there has been an element of “entrapment”.

“A very highly rated criminal silk, who has a superb reputation for handling heavyweight criminal cases.”

“He is a fantastic jury advocate, who is very easy to deal with and approachable.” “What sets him apart is his manner with clients. He’s always available to meet them, and is as comfortable dealing with professionals as with very young clients.”
Chambers & Partners

Jim is also regularly instructed to give a “second opinion” both upon requests from solicitors and after referral from the Criminal Appeal Office in appeals where he did not conduct the original trial.

He has has acted in numerous cases where miscarriages of justice have been re-opened after the initial conviction (see for example the cases of Dallagher and Lummes), and Jim frequently appears before the Court of Appeal and drafts representations to The Criminal Cases Review Commission in cases where he did not act in the Court below.

“Irrepressible and really excellent at what he does”
Chambers & Partners

“Always extremely enthusiastic and 100% committed to winning”
Chambers & Partners

“One of the great jury advocates”
Simon McKay