James works as a paralegal within the fraud and criminal litigation department. His role involves assisting the head of department, partners and associates on complex cases including, for example, extradition law, serious crime, fraud and white collar crime. He also maintains an active interest in the legal aspects of health and safety and the law of corporate manslaughter; areas of law which stand tentatively upon the precipice of legislative expansion following the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.
James studied Law at the University of Manchester and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2018 after completing the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP University, Holborn. He is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and he regularly appears on stage as a member of the Inner Temple Drama Society.
Before joining Russell-Cooke, James worked at a leading London law firm specialising in criminal law and fraud. Before leaving the firm, James assisted in a substantial value added tax fraud worth £23 million, prosecuted by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. Following a long and complex trial, the client was acquitted of all counts on the indictment.
James devotes himself to his work and is known for his straightforward approach with clients. He possesses a very competent understanding of criminal procedure and appreciates the personal, and often financial, implications for those accused of criminal offences.