James is a specialist in civil aspects of criminal and fraud litigation: asset forfeiture (including Account Freezing and Cash Forfeiture), UWOs, restraint and freezing orders, confiscation, enforcement and judicial reviews of search warrant and other investigative orders.
He receives instructions from specialist Defence firms, businesses and the Proceeds of Crime Units of the CPS and SFO (A list), Metropolitan and City of London Police, HMRC, Home Office and individuals under direct access. He is briefed by the NCA and HMRC in complex cash and civil recovery cases. He is on the Attorney General’s B Panel for civil advocates. He also has a litigation extension to his practicing certificate.
He is often brought into cases at the appellate stage or where specialist knowledge of proceeds of crime is needed. Cases of note over the last year have included; acting for an Iranian individual to obtain release of frozen funds, obtaining forfeiture of a bank balance derived from VAT fraud and leading a prosecution of two Money Service Businesses which transferred £18,000,000 proceeds of crime.
Called 2000 (Middle Temple).
Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, Fraud Lawyers Association.