Barrister James House

James House

Year of call: 1995  Silk: 2015

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“Exceptional jury advocate, renowned for his patience and outstanding client skills.”

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Overview


James is ranked by the Legal 500 as a leading silk in crime (Tier 1). He is regarded as an exceptional jury advocate and is renowned for his patience and outstanding client and witness handling skills. His approachable nature and expertise are particularly in demand in cases involving vulnerable defendants and witnesses by reason of age or psychiatric conditions. He also has extensive experience and expertise in cases involving death by arson.

James is always meticulously prepared and thus identifies the crucial issues in any given case. His instruction in some of the most high profile, factually and legally technical cases, for example, multi-defendant murder trials raising issues such as joint enterprise/common intention and cases of “gross negligence” manslaughter involving members of the medical profession, is testimony to the high regard in which he is held both by prosecution and defence solicitors. Based in the Midlands James is instructed across the West and East Midlands as well as in London and further afield.

Recent cases include: Operation Silver – Kupstys & Giedraitis (Prosecution – 2 handed murder by fire); Mroz (Defence of man charged with murder committed whilst suffering from undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenia – acquitted of murder, convicted of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility); Operation Milestone – Power & Newman and 4 others (Prosecution – 6 handed murder and assisting an offender trial arising from a “contract killing” resulting from “inter-gang” rivalry); Taylor (Successful defence of Nursing Ward Sister charged with 2 others with the gross negligence manslaughter of a 6 yo boy with Trisomy 21 (Downs Syndrome)); Operation Minoza – Eyre x 3 (Prosecution of a father and his 2 sons for the murder of 2 teenagers and a 6 months old baby by fire).

Crime

Crime


James is regarded as an exceptional jury advocate and is renowned for his patience and outstanding client and witness handling skills. His practice encompasses all aspects of criminal law and quasi criminal matters, including judicial review of Magistrates Court and Parole Board decisions. His approachable nature and expertise are particularly in demand in cases involving vulnerable defendants and witnesses by reason of age or psychiatric conditions. He also has particular experience and expertise in cases involving death by arson. James is always meticulously prepared and thus identifies the crucial issues in any given case. His instruction in some of the most high profile, factually and legally technical cases, in the recent past is testimony to the high regard he is held in both by prosecution and defence solicitors. Based in the Midlands James is instructed across the West and East Midlands as well as in London and further afield.

Memberships


  • CBA

Crime Cases


  • Operation Silver: Successful prosecution of 2 defendants for the murder by arson of a Russian national.
  • Operation Milestone: Successful prosecution of 2 defendants for murder and 4 for assisting an offending relating to the gang related killing of the girlfriend of a rival gang member.
  • R v Mroz: Successful defence of psychiatric patient charged with the murder of cell-mate.
  • R v Taylor: Ongoing – Defence of nurse facing allegation of gross negligence manslaughter.
  • Operation Minoza: Ongoing – Prosecution of 3 men for the murder by arson of 2 teenagers and a 6 month old baby.
  • R v Philpott, Philpott & Mosley: Prosecution of parents for the manslaughter of their six children caused by a fire they set as part of a plan to “frame” a former partner who had previously lived in the same address with them.
  • Operation Rubble/Operation Rubytail: Prosecution – Murder of a football coach in Leicester, leading to a revenge attack by arson resulting in the murder of a mother and three children when the ‘wrong house’ was targeted.
  • R v Christie & Others: Defence of prison inmate charged with murder of a fellow inmate, cut-throat defence.
  • R v Hirsi: Defence of male alleged to have murdered a former police officer.
  • Operation Hover: Prosecution – Murder of a male in Lincoln by fire.
  • Operation Brass: Prosecution of eight defendants for fraud involving Adult Education Colleges.
  • R v Abraham: Defence of 17 yo Aspergers/ADHD sufferer for rape of a 12 yo.
  • R v Woolley: Defence of individual jointly charged with the ‘gang’ rape of a sex worker.
  • R v McGrady: Defence of father charged with rape of his daughter aged 4-6 yo.
  • Operations Arlen & Commix: Multi-handed prosecutions concerning ‘Sham Marriages’.
  • R v Ashrafi: Prosecution of male charged with multiple allegations of fraud and blackmail.
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