"A clever advocate who is highly strategic and always eyeing the opportunity to trap his opponent."

Chambers UK 2017
James James

Barrister: James Thacker

Call:
2001

Appointments:
Grade 4 prosecutor; CPS specialist Rape list; Grade 3 specialist Fraud prosecutor; Grade A SFO prosecution panel; Panel C Regulatory list Pupil supervisor; Central London Bar Mess junior and committee member of South Eastern Circuit Senior in Hall at Gray's Inn

Education:
LLB (Hons), Birmingham University

Overview:

James prosecutes and defends a broad spectrum of serious offences with specialisms in:

  • Financial crime
  • Rape and Child Abuse
  • Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Health & Safety
  • Appeals

He is known for his thorough preparation, calm collected approach, devastatingly good cross examination and his natural ability to connect with juries.

James has prosecuted and defended in several high profile, multi-handed, cases. He has significant experience of leading the team to successful outcomes and appearing against Queen's Counsel.

James is briefed on a wide spectrum of fraud cases ranging from the most straightforward to major business crime perpetrated against multinationals, banking institutions and Trusts involving substantial overpayment, legal argument and factual complexities.

He is a grade 4 prosecutor, is approved to prosecute fraud, rape cases and other serious sexual offences and has been appointed to the Regulatory List enabling him to prosecute on behalf of the HSE and the Environment Agency.  James also prosecutes on behalf of executive agencies of the Department of Health such as NHS Protect and the MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulation Authority) in complex and high profile cases of fraud and regulatory offences involving leading consultants, doctors, dentists, pharmacists and pharmaceuticals.

James is knowledgeable and experienced in defending road traffic prosecutions especially where death or serious injury has occurred.  He accepts instructions directly or through insurers.

What the directories say:

  • "A clever advocate who is highly strategic and always eyeing the opportunity to trap his opponent." Chambers UK 2017
  • "Extremely knowledgeable, efficient and concise, and his advocacy is very measured." Chambers UK 2016
  • "His reputation goes before him." Legal 500 2016
  • "Very thorough, has good attention to detail and is very approachable." Chambers UK 2015

Fraud:

James represents defendants and prosecuting agencies in major business crime cases; multi-handed, high value financial crime perpetrated against multinationals, banking institutions, government and Trusts. James regularly acts as leading counsel or junior to Queen's Counsel and is used to appearing against Queen's Counsel.

He is also experienced in highly specialised areas of fraud such as benefit fraud, NHS prosecutions and MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulation Authority) prosecutions.

He is a grade 3 specialist fraud prosecutor.

Crime:

James prosecutes and defends a broad spectrum of serious offences. He is a grade 4 prosecutor and is approved to prosecute rape, child abuse and other serious sexual offences.

He is experienced in dealing with expert evidence: providing advice, leading evidence and cross examining. Examples include: dealing with evidence from a number of leading paediatricians when defending in an alleged assault upon a prematurely born baby, and dealing with chartered, management and forensic accountants in fraud cases.

James is also experienced in dealing with children (both as witnesses and defendants) and vulnerable witnesses. He has specific expertise  with witnesses suffering from Asperger's syndrome, witnesses diagnosed with PTSD, witnesses with low IQs and deaf witnesses, all of which involved a number of special measures including intermediaries.

He also prosecutes cases investigated by the Metropolitan Police's Serious and Organised Crime Group (SCD7) and the Trident Gang Crime Command.

Notable Cases:

Fraud

  • R (Operation Dinghy, n.2) v RF, TH, MD, KR & SJ, Southwark Crown Court, 2017: Leading Dominic Hockley in Wine Investment Fraud.
  • R (Operation Radome) v AT & 6 Others, Maidstone Crown Court, 2017: Leading Frederick Hookway in fraudulent evasion of duty by smuggling tobacco.
  • R v MC, Snaresbrook Crown Court, 2016: Prosecuted lawyer with law firms in UK, Portugal and Brazil for fraud.
  • R v SK, Woolwich Crown Court, 2016: Multi-million Education Trust fraud. National newspapers refer to the case as 'Britain's biggest Education Fraud'. Story available here.
  • R (Operation Anchorage) v AD, AA, DB & JM, Southwark Crown Court, 2016: Fraud and Money Laundering case perpetrated against Genesis Housing Association.
  • R v KA, Woodgreen Crown Court, 2016: Investment fraud involving multiple victims.
  • R v BB, Southwark Crown Court, 2016: £3.1million fraud perpetrated against HSBC Invoice Finance UK Limited in biggest ever loss suffered by them. News article here.
  • R (Operation Crystal) v R and 13 Others, Southwark Crown Court, 2011 - 2015: First junior to Queen's Counsel in a 14 handed conspiracy to defraud the DWP's Access to Work Scheme. 12 defendants were profoundly deaf. The case involved many thousands of documents used and unused (with Disclosure Management Protocols in existence) and was split into two trials to case manage.
  • R (Operation Exempt) v NP & Others, Maidstone Crown Court, 2014: Defended in multi-handed confidence fraud. Defendant had a very low IQ and had an Intermediary.
  • R (Operation Dee) v NB, MT, JM and THT, Central Criminal Court, 2014: Prosecuted multi-million bank fraud.
  • R (Operation Glider) v SA, RA and AO, Central Criminal Court, 2011 - 2013: Prosecuted a multi handed complex conspiracy to defraud HM Revenue and Customs arising out of a church related Gift Aid fraud.
  • R (Department for Health (NHS)) v F & M (Operation Evergreen), Aylesbury Crown Court, 2010 - 2011: Prosecuted defendants for conspiracy to defraud in an organised, large scale insider fraud by an NHS manager within a Primary Care Trust of the NHS.
  • R v JR, Southampton Crown Court, 2008 - 2010: Junior counsel to the late Philip Henry by Revenue & Customs in a high value, document heavy Tax and VAT fraud. Defendant was represented by Queen's Counsel.
  • R v JS, ML & JN, Southwark Crown Court, 2008 - 2010: Leading prosecuting counsel (leading Jennifer Newcomb from Chambers) to prosecute a £1/4 million conspiracy to defraud a brewery.

Restraint, Forfeiture & Confiscation

  • R (On the application of Mohammed Shamil Hassan Mohammed Shajan Assan) v Milton Keynes Magistrates Court and The Home Office - High Court of Justice, QBD, Admin. Court - 2013: James represented the interested party (the Home Office) in an application to judicially review the decision of the District Judge in the Magistrates' Court not to award costs.
  • R v R [2013] EWCA Crim 1105: James successfully represented the Department for Work and Pensions in a prosecution appeal against the variation of a restraint order. The Court of Appeal set out questions that the court considering a variation should ask itself and factors that it should have regard to.

Rape, Sexual Offences & Child Abuse

  • R v CP, Isleworth Crown Court, 2017: Prosecuted Head of Great British Martial Arts Association and Vice-Chair of British Kick Boxing Council for historic sexual offences.
  • R v NS, Inner London Crown Court, 2016: Prosecuted 77 year old grandfather for abusing grandchildren.
  • R v JMM, Snaresbrook Crown Court, 2015: Prosecuted young defendant for inciting young complainant to engage in sexual activity.
  • R v GH, Snaresbrook Crown Court, 2011-2012: Junior Counsel to Rosina Cottage QC in multiple complainant, partially historic, inter-familial rape and child abuse case. Expert evidence included Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Forensic Computer practitioners.
  • R v KM, Woodgreen Crown Court, 2011: Successfully prosecuted defendant for attempting to abduct an 8 year old girl off the street and thereafter sexually assaulting her. Special measures used during trial and after legal arguments, defendant convicted.
  • R v AD, Guildford Crown Court, 2010 - 2011: Defended a father alleged to have assaulted his prematurely born baby. The case involved a large amount of evidence from leading paediatricians.

Crime

  • R (Operation Digamy) v AA, MR & AK, Harrow Crown Court, 2016: Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs. Case relied upon surveillance, telephone and cell site evidence. Defendants convicted. Defendants sentenced to a total of 25 years' imprisonment.
  • R (Operation Quirba) v MN, UB & IH, Central Criminal Court, 2015-2016: Non-fatal shooting in Deptford. Case involved expert DNA and GSR evidence. Defendants convicted.
  • R v JF, CM, SF, KH, JR, Isleworth Crown Court, 2015: Prosecuted serious robbery involving youths and adults. All defendants convicted.
  • R (Operation Kirkman) v NS, AM, EC & KS, Inner London Crown Court, 2013: Junior counsel in Conspiracy to supply class A drugs by prominent members of an organised criminal gang.
  • R (Operation Duhr) v C & J, Croydon Crown Court, 2013: Prosecuted a conspiracy to possess a lethal firearm.
  • R (Operation Talcville) v F & HW, Inner London Crown Court, 2013: Prosecuted an aggravated burglary where home owners confronted by masked men welding a firearm and knives. The gun man was sentenced to 14 years 9 months.
  • R v DJN, JA, A & MH, Inner London Crown Court, 2012 - 2013: Prosecuted four 16-17 year old males who robbed a younger school boy of his mobile telephone. The victim suffers with Asperger's Syndrome and so several special measures were used during the trial.

Health & Safety

  • HSEv New Earth Solutions Group, Maidstone Crown Court, 2016: Prosecuted company for breaching Health & Safety at Work Act, which resulted in the death of an employee.
  • HSE v Mahle Powertrain Ltd, Birmingham Crown Court, 2016: Prosecuted company for significant and substantial breaches of Manual Handling at Work.

Regulatory & Disciplinary

  • GDC v NO, GDC Professional Conduct Committee, 2014: Advised GDC on appropriate charges and evidence in respect of sixteen complainants and thereafter represented the GDC in this multiple complainant, multiple expert, factually complex case. The Registrant's fitness to practice was found to be impaired by reason of his misconduct and he was sanctioned with appropriate conditions.
  • MHRA v M, Central Criminal Court, 2013: Prosecuted defendant for dealing in counterfeit Viagra products. Legal argument over Regulations and definition of '...in the course of a business...'
  • MHRA v A (Operation Nigel), Luton Crown Court, 2012: Prosecuted defendant for possessing and selling counterfeit Viagra products (over 6,000 tablets seized) and for breaches of the Trade Marks Act.

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