James Partridge

Prosecutes and defends serious crime.



University of East Anglia (LLB)
City University (LLM)
Walter Wigglesworth Scholarship Winner


Appointed to the CPS Advocate Panel at Level 3


Criminal Bar Association
Fraud Lawyers Association

Overview of Practice

James’ practice covers exclusively criminal matters with an emphasis on sexual offences. He is highly commended for his tact when dealing with vulnerable clients and discretion on delicate issues.

With an extensive knowledge of computers, James excels in cases involving advanced technology. He is often instructed in images cases where expert evidence is required to substantiate the defence.

James has a particular interest in fraud and other cases involving complex allegations of dishonesty. His attention to detail means he is able to identify the key issues in any case and explain matters in simple terms.

A robust cross-examiner, James receives praise for the strength of his submissions and the rapport he is able to create with juries. He is always able to provide written or oral advice at the earliest possible juncture.

Recent Significant Cases

R v SS (2021) – Multi-handed knife point murder (led).

R v AC (2021) – Historical child sex offences.

R v DD (2021) – Indecent images trial where evidence was over 10 years old.

R v RC (2020) – Assault by penetration of a child necessitating s.28 pre-recorded cross-examination.

R v AN (2019) – Attempted murder by tasering complainant before running him over with a car.

R v CL (2019) – Organised conspiracy to defraud elderly victims of their money by posing as police officers.

R v MF (2019) – Historical rape of a child. Defendant linked by DNA evidence establishing his paternity of the complainant’s child.

R v RM (2018) – Conspiracy to import cigarettes with total duty evasion of over half a million pounds.

R v GH (2018) – Rape by neighbour.

R v JC (2018) – Indecent Assault committed in 1990’s.

R v SH (2017) – Sexual Assault by masseuse on clients.

R v MM (2017) – Assault by penetration where victim awoke during the assault.

R v HD (2017) – Counterfeit DVD conspiracy said by The Federation Against Copyright Theft (‘FACT’) to be the “biggest and most complex case of this kind that they have seen”.

R v AA (2017) – Marital Rape.

R v MC (2016) – Making Indecent Images involving complex expert evidence.

R v JS (2016) – Multiple rape and false imprisonment of defendant’s wife.

R v CR (2016) – Indecent Assault on children committed by neighbour in 1970’s.