3 Raymond Buildings

James Hines QC

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James Hines QC of 3 Raymond Buildings acts in major international fraud, crime and extradition cases, both prosecuting and defending. James recently returned from a year in the Cayman Islands assisting the DPP with the Island’s response to the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force. Between November 2019 and March 2020, he prosecuted 5 defendants in the Cayman Grand Court in relation to smuggling $7m of raw Venezuelan gold as an exercise in Money Laundering.

James has acted in numerous SFO, FCA and CMA cases. For 25 years he exclusively appeared for the defence. In April 2015 he was instructed by the SFO to lead for the prosecution in the US$ LIBOR trial of Barclay employees.

In crime he has acted in all areas including corruption, murder, robbery, and drugs. He has advised and acted in private prosecutions and for some years was outside criminal counsel for the Microsoft Corporation.

James has extensive experience representing police officers in death in custody, corruption, and misconduct cases in disciplinary proceedings and at trial.

Notable clients include ‘the Nat West three’ and Silvio Berlusconi (by live television link to his trial in Milan).

He is known for his phenomenal ability and knowledge, his intelligent advocacy and his commanding court presence. Recognised as a Leading silk in International Crime/Extradition.


Called to the Bar 1982, Silk 2015. Bar Council Ethics Committee, Vice chair (crime).