Pump Court Chambers

James Newton-Price QC

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James Newton-Price QC has a busy practice in all areas of criminal law with particular experience in cases of murder, organised crime, child abuse and sexual offences. Since taking silk in early 2018, he has been instructed in a series of high profile murder trials for the Prosecution and for the Defence. He defended in R v Nicholson (2019), acting for the defendant in a difficult and sensitive case concerning the sexual abuse and murder of a 13 year old girl by the 25 year old lodger in her household. His closing speech featured on a recent Channel 4 documentary, "Crime and Punishment”. He recently secured the acquittal of a 15 year old who was charged with murder arising from the fatal stabbing of a 17 year old boy in the course of a carjacking robbery in early 2020. He is regularly instructed by the CPS to prosecute allegations of murder, rape and the sexual or physical abuse of children. He has secured convictions in murder cases concerning the death of a baby and domestic violence. He was recently instructed for the prosecution in two murders that occurred in the early weeks of lockdown, both of which attracted media coverage. He has developed expertise in presenting complex mobile telephone, forensic scientific and medical evidence.


Called to the Bar at Middle Temple in 1992. Head of the Criminal & Regulatory Team at Pump Court Chambers since 2010. Appointed as a Recorder in 2017 and QC in 2018. He sits on professional conduct hearings for the Health & Care Professionals Tribunals Service (HCPTS) as a Legal Assessor and for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) as a Legally Qualified Chair.

Professional Memberships

The Western Circuit, the Criminal Bar Association, The Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


BA (Honours), University of Oxford. Diploma in Law, City University, London. Married with two children.