James Heyworth

Call To The Bar: 2006


James practices predominantly in criminal law: acting for defendants in the Crown Court. He has experience across the full spectrum of criminal offences; including murder, manslaughter, serious sexual offences, drugs conspiracies and fraud.

He also defends in regulatory cases: including fire safety breaches, health and safety offences and breaches of commercial trading regulations.

James also puts his advocacy experience to good use representing interested parties at inquests in the Coroner’s court.

Recent cases include:

R v Kevin King: Conspiracy to Murder

–  Instructed to defend the principal defendant in a multi-handed conspiracy to murder trial involving firearms.

R v Kevin Morton: Manslaughter

– Defended a man who caused the death of his teenage son by administering him with a morphine tablet

R v Osman: conspiracy to import Class A drugs and firearms

– Instructed to defend one the principal defendants in an international drug and firearms conspiracy. Prosecuted by the National Crime Agency following a pan-European police investigation

West Midlands Fire Service v Britannia Corporation:

– Defending a company charged with regulatory breaches arising out of a serious fire in a house of multiple occupancy

Prior to coming to the Bar, James served as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy. He served in support of operations in Northern Ireland and Sierra Leone and was deployed all over the world in a number of front line warships. Having completed an appointment as Officer of the Watch and Diving Officer in HMS Glasgow he was selected to attend the navy’s elite Mine Clearance Diving Officers’ Course: during which time he dived and supervised closed-circuit rebreather diving and qualified as a bomb and mine disposal officer.

James has put his diving experience to good use: advising in advance of inquests and civil claims arising out of fatal diving accidents. For more details please see: www.divinglawyer.co.uk

He has also represented the families of divers in the Coroner’s court.