Year of Call: 1989 (HK), 1979 (UK)
James is a former career Royal Navy Officer who was called to the English Bar (Middle Temple 1979) in between his seatime, subsequently prosecuting and defending and later “Judging” over 150 Courts Martial, many involving Collisions, Navigation and Ship Handling allegations, as well as serving in HMS TAMAR in Hong Kong, being called to the Bar here in 1989.
After an appointment as the Senior Lawyer in the Fleet Headquarters, he “came ashore” in 1993, and has since been practising in Hong Kong, largely specialising in Admiralty and Crime (and sometimes both together!), and Prosecuting and Defending from the Magistracies to the Court of Final Appeal. He is also briefed in Disciplinary Tribunals, Marine and Pilotage Inquiries, and has a significant Appellate practice.
James is a former member of the Hong Kong Bar Council, and a longstanding member of its International Practice, and Criminal Law Committees, the International Bar Association (where he represents the Hong Kong Bar on the Bar Issues Commission), the Union Internationale des Avocats, the US National Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers, and the Nautical Institute.
He is also a HKIAC Accredited Mediator and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He has also twice been the Chairman of the New Medico-Legal Society.
Notable cases, those reported include: