James' practice encompasses all areas of criminal defence work. He has been instructed in a wide variety of cases from murder and serious violence to drugs, sexual offences and financial crime. He believes in working closely with instructing solicitors throughout the court process and is always contactable via phone and email to offer advice or discuss a case.
James came to the Bar following six years serving as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy. During this time he served on operations in Sierra Leone and Northern Ireland and was deployed at sea all over the world. Having served in the destroyer HMS Glasgow as Officer of the Watch and Diving Officer, James was selected to attend the navy's elite Mine Clearance Diving Officers' Course. Over a challenging 12 months, he was trained to dive and supervise both deep air and mixed- gas diving sets and qualified as a bomb and mine disposal officer. His final appointment was running the boarding operations school: training ship's boarding teams in helicopter fast-roping and ship search prior to deployment to the Persian Gulf.
James has a particular interest in, and experience of, representing both serving members of HM Armed Forces and veterans, when they find themselves involved in the civilian justice system. Instructing solicitors and clients have found his insider knowledge of the forces and forces law invaluable, particularly in securing exceptional sentences for serving personnel allowing for their retention in the Services. Please see his CV for further details.
He is also available for military court hearings and inquests, and is currently working in partnership with Steele Ford & Newton ( incorporating JGT) to develop a service specifically focussing on the needs of Forces clients in the North West, both in the military and civilian courts.
Outside of work James' still enjoys a challenge. He is currently learning to fly and is in training for the National 3 Peaks Challenge and the Great North Swim.