James began his legal career at the Court of Justice of the European Communities in Luxembourg where he acquired knowledge of EU, taking a particular interest in fundamental rights in that context. He worked at Sheffield Law Centre before commencing pupillage which had an emphasis on claimant human rights and public law.
His practice includes crime, prison, immigration, detention cases, inquests, appeals, actions against the police, mental health, employment, all of which are areas where fundamental rights plays a very important role.
He undertakes a range of extra-curricular activity including pro bono work. At the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2013 he was named ‘Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year’.
H v Lord Advocate Supreme Court, 20 June 2012  UKSC 24
Extradition, Civil procedure. Parents, Devolution issues, Children, Extradition orders, United States, Scotland, Right to respect for private and family life, best interests of the child, Scotland. Instructed by Coram Childrens Legal Centre.
R. (on the application of HH) v Deputy Prosecutor of the Italian Republic Genoa, Supreme Court, 20 June 2012 UKSC 25
Extradition, Human rights. Right to respect for private and family life, Extradition, European arrest warrants, the best interests of the child, Proportionality, Delay. Instructed by Coram Childrens Legal Centre.
R (Harrison) v Birmingham Magistrates Court and Chief Constable of West Midlands Police  EWCA Civ 332
Instructed by Tyndallwoods, Birmingham. 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.
R (Aso Mohammed) v Chief Constable of West Midlands Police  EWHC 1228 (Admin) (Solicitors: Tyndallwoods, Birmingham)
Successfully represented the Claimant in this case which involved an unlawful caution (with attendant obligations such as signing on the sex offender register) and where the Court found that his Article 8 ECHR rights had been breached and therefore awarded damages under the Human Rights Act 1998.
BD (Gambia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
This appeal is joined to the Secretary of State’s appeal in MF (Nigeria) and is to be heard by the Court of Appeal in mid-July 2013. The will consider the new Immigration Rules and Article 8. Challenge to the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police regarding enhanced disclosure. Inquest into a death in custody at HMP Birmingham.
Employment Lawyers Association
Employment Lawyers Bar Association
Association of Prison Lawyers
Prisoner Legal Rights Group
Criminal Bar Association
B.A. (Hons) Hull