Major Drugs Offences

For over 25 years Jim has acted in many large scale and complex drugs cases, involving investigations by HMRC and the police into major drugs importations. These cases are often high profile, and sees Jim defending those accused of importation, cultivation and supplying drugs. A common theme is the use of undercover officers and/or “supergrass evidence”, and Jim has consequently developed an expertise in issues concerning the various prosecuting agencies’ use of human intelligence sources (“HIS”)

Jim appeared in the first case involving co-operation between the HMRC and Russian investigators which was heard at Chelmsford (R. v. Rose, M and others – Jim acted for M who was acquitted). He has also acted in a number of cases where participating informants and undercover officers were deployed in major drugs investigations , see R. v. Reilly (conviction quashed due to failings in disclosure by the Prosecution) and R. v. Lopera Soto as examples.

Jim appeared in the trial of Charles Kray acting for a co-accused and has represented numerous individuals prosecuted in many of the UK’s largest ever drugs seizures.

Jim acted in the successful appeal of Charlie Dixon in the “Operation Cinema” case although not at the original trial.

Jim accepts instructions to advise on appeal in such cases..

“Incredibly quick to grasp the detail and engages effectively with clients”Chambers & Partners