Overview of Practice
James is a criminal practitioner who has been focused for over 20 years on commercial and tax fraud. He has appeared in numerous serious, complex and high-profile fraud trials, usually with a substantial international element. In recent years, he has been involved principally in financial services and other business-related investigations and, in particular, the series of Euribor interest rate rigging cases, one of which has recently resulted in appeals against convictions being heard in the Court of Appeal.
During the last few years, James has been instructed as the lead prosecutor in the trials concerning the manipulation of the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR).
He has also been involved in other investigations concerning Barclays Bank which concern LIBOR and capital raisings which took place in 2008.
He is appearing for five directors in a civil case which concerns the exercise of their duties under the Companies Act 2006.
Through his cases, he has gained experience of a wide range of business activities and associated regulation.
He is also instructed in relation to an investigation into professional advice given to companies and individuals about circumventing the Loan Charge, a tax provision designed to defeat a tax avoidance technique of paying employees by loans rather than by salary.