James received his BA (Hons) in Accountancy from the University of Exeter.
Areas of Expertise
James regularly investigates and closes down professionals on behalf of regulators and victims of fraud and negligence. His accountancy background provides significant assistance in 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 represents numerous veterans and current soldiers involved in public inquiries, investigations inquests and prosecutions both in the England & Wales and Northern Ireland jurisdictions. This not only involves the substantive case, but also satellite judicial reviews and other challenges.
James is part of our cross-departmental Information Team who advises on data protection and freedom of information issues.
James has worked at Devonshires for over 25 years, since University.
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 to act for them in litigation cases.
James represents over 80 former soldiers in numerous homicide inquiries, inquests, investigations and prosecutions in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, including Bloody Sunday, Ballymurphy and the Death of Joe McCann. This recently included a case in the Supreme Court seeking a jury trial for a veteran being prosecuted in Northern Ireland for attempted murder.
He acts for soldiers involved in inquiries into other deaths in various other parts of the World.