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James Hines QC

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Practice Areas

Crime, commercial fraud and extradition. He specialises in cases which have both criminal and commercial/civil aspects, particularly those with an international element. He led for the Prosecution in the LIBOR trial of Barclays employees. He defended in an SFO prosecution of international bribery and corruption. James both prosecutes and defends in FCA cases. He is also instructed by the Competition and Markets Authority on cartel matters.

In crime he has acted in areas including international money laundering, corruption, historic rape cases, murder, robbery and drugs. James represented GM, the private detective at the centre of the NOTW phone hacking scandal and JS, the former features editor of NOTW. James represented Silvio Berlusconi by live television link from London to his trial in Milan.

Notable extradition cases include "The Nat West Three" and the Tollman case. He specialises in acting for third parties in respect of internal investigations, witness summons, SFO s.2 notices and international cooperation (MLA). For some years he acted as outside criminal counsel for Microsoft.

Professional Memberships

European Criminal Bar Association, Fraud Lawyers Association (Committee member), Private Prosecutors' Association, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum, Extradition Lawyers Association.


Called 1982, Gray's Inn. QC 2015. Vice-Chair (crime) of the Bar Council Ethics Committee. SFO QC Panel Counsel 2017.