James received his BA (Hons) in Accountancy from the University of Exeter.
Areas of Expertise
James regularly investigates, closes down, and prosecutes Solicitors in the SDT for improper conduct.
He uses his accountancy background to provide a particular skill in assisting victims of fraud, carrying out detailed investigations, and recovering stolen assets. He also acts for the defence – giving a rare and rounded experience of the viewpoint of all parties.
James also undertakes a wide variety of commercial and other litigation and investigation cases, including judicial review, public inquiries (particularly relating to the actions of soldiers), criminal investigations, negligence and contractual disputes.
James worked at Devonshires Solicitors during his summer holidays at university, before training at the firm and ultimately taking partnership.
James was the lead author in our recent report on Judicial Review for our Regulator clients, Navigating Judicial Review – the Regulator’s Side.
James regularly contributes articles to the national and legal press, including a recent article on regulators and Judicial Review in the Law Society Gazette.
Legal 500 ranks him as a key member in our tier 4 department for Civil Fraud.
James gives regular talks to clients on all aspects of fraud, asset recovery and regulation.
James is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.
James is regularly instructed by the SRA as an intervention agent and in numerous multi-million pound asset recovery cases following interventions.
James is instructed by the SRA to prosecute a wide variety of disciplinary cases in the SDT, from fraudulent investment schemes to theft from the client account.
James is representing over 80 former soldiers in numerous homicide inquiries and investigations in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, including Bloody Sunday and Ballymurphy.
James is acting for soldiers involved in inquiries into other deaths in various parts of the world.
James is acting for the Claimant in £3 million fraud recovery proceedings in the Commercial Court in London and in Germany.