James has experience of a broad range of criminal matters, ranging from motoring offences to serious sexual and violent offences and has appeared in many Crown Court trials. He has extensive experience in appeals and CCRC work, including out of time appeals. He also deals with judicial review challenges and a range of ancillary proceedings in the criminal context such as anti-social behaviour orders, gang-related orders (‘Gangbos’) and forfeiture.
In addition, he has experience in extradition and recently appeared in the Supreme Court in a leading extradition case.
R v Tyrone Spence  EWCA Crim 1173 (Solicitors: Tyndallwoods, Birmingham)
IPP quashed. Another example of the Court being willing to grant an extension of time in relation to an appeal which was years out of time. The appellant had had parole refused after an oral hearing.
HH and PH v Deputy Prosecutor of The Italian Republic, Genoa, and Official Solicitor, JUSTICE, Coram Children’s Legal Centre intervening; BH AND KAS v The Lord Advocate, The Scottish Ministers and Coram Children’s Legal Centre intervening; FK v Poland
R v Pedley, Martin, Hamadi  EWCA Crim 840,  1 WLR 2517,  1 Cr App R (S) 24,  Crim LR 669 (Solicitors: Purcell Parker, Birmingham)
Challenge to IPP sentences, meaning of ‘significant risk’, IPP sentence in Martin quashed, out of time appeal.
R v Quinn  EWCA Crim 166
IPP sentence on 17 year old quashed over 4 years after it had been imposed.
v Brown (2012)  EWCA Crim 1152 (appeal against restraining order)
R (Harrison) v Birmingham Magistrates Court and Chief Constable of West Midlands Police  EWCA Civ 332
Court of Appeal quashed a forfeiture order made under s.298 of the Proceeds of Crime Act. The Appellant was not present at the forfeiture hearing and said she had no knowledge of it, which the Court accepted. The Court invoked the exceptional – but nonetheless important – jurisdiction which entitles a judicial review court to quash the decision of an inferior court or tribunal on grounds of procedural unfairness even where that court cannot itself be criticised. The Court also invited the Lord Chief Justice to consider a change to the Magistrates’ Courts (Detention and Forfeiture of Cash) Rules 2002. The case is also a reminder that claims for judicial review can succeed even where brought long after the usual 3-month rule. In addition, it reinforces the message that there should be close liaison as between police officers dealing with POCA and criminal matters, a message not always heeded.
H v Lord Advocate Supreme Court,
20 June 2012
Subject: Extradition, Civil procedure. Keyword(s): Parents, Devolution issues, Children, Extradition orders, United States, Scotland, Right to respect for private and family life, Scotland. Where Reported:  UKSC 24, Official Transcript
R. (on the application of HH) v Westminster City Magistrates’ Court Supreme Court,
20 June 2012
Subject: Extradition, Human rights. Keyword(s): Right to respect for private and family life, Extradition, European arrest warrants, Children, Proportionality, Delay. Where Reported:  UKSC 25, Official Transcript.
Lawyer of the Year Award at Birmingham Law Society Awards 2013.