Anthony James

Call 2021

“You approached this case with a touch and style well beyond your call. Your advocacy was first-class and you will go very far indeed.”

Circuit Judge at Kingston Crown Court

“Mr Anthony James represented my daughter. I am writing to compliment Mr James via chambers for his impeccable support for my daughter. Mr James showed remarkable restraint and dignity with a maturity and clarity of thought. Mr James is a fine barrister. I do hope chambers are able to commend him. I am sure you receive many complimentary messages, however, Mr James's dedication to his profession is worthy of praise. This is my contribution to that praise.”


“He was fantastic… and gave a charming and persuasive speech.”

Circuit Judge at the Central Criminal Court following the acquittal of Anthony’s client.

“Outstanding for a barrister of his age and call.”

Instructing Solicitor

His approach to the law ‘cannot be faulted’.

Praised by opponents and judges for his ‘eye for detail’.

Described by instructing solicitors as 'always on point'.

Represents his clients ‘in an exemplary fashion’ in the Crown, Youth and Magistrates’ Courts.


Anthony has significant trial experience having secured acquittals for defendants charged with offences of violence, drug-related charges and sexual offences.

Anthony has had particular success in cases where he is able to combine his keen eye for legal argument with robust cross-examination. His attention to detail and meticulous case preparation have been instrumental in securing multiple acquittals.

Anthony’s ability to cross-examine professional witnesses, from police officers to expert witnesses, has proved of further use in the areas of violence against police, public disorder and animal welfare.

Notable Crime cases

RSPCA v S [2023] Woolwich CC

Anthony’s client faced 4 counts under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Following written representations from the defence, the RSPCA, prosecuting, wrote to the court and defence indicating the acceptability of guilty pleas to the less serious alternatives on the indictment at Counts 3 and 4.

Those pleas were duly entered at court and the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report. The sentencing judge on the next occasion expressed dissatisfaction about the RSPCA’s decision to accept the lesser pleas. The matter was adjourned with the RSPCA required to consider the position. On reviewing the case, the RSPCA wrote to the defence saying that it would in fact proceed on Counts 1 and 2. The case was adjourned for trial and a timetable set for a possible abuse of process argument.

On day one of the trial, Anthony argued that to proceed in such a manner following an unequivocal representation from the prosecuting body that it would not, both in writing and coram judice, would be an abuse of the court’s process. This application was resisted by the RSPCA.

Following two days of legal argument, the trial judge agreed with Anthony’s submissions and stayed proceedings as an abuse of process. Anthony’s client was sentenced for the lesser pleas to a community order.

R v O [2023] Woolwich CC

Represented a defendant accused of the attempted kidnap and affray perpetrated by a group of four to five men. Anthony’s client was the only man charged on the basis of recognition evidence of the alleged victim’s family, who were at the scene.

Anthony’s cross-examination of the victim’s father focussed on inconsistencies in his evidence and the fact that the witness was basing his recognition on images seen on social media. Following this, Anthony made submissions to the judge that the case was based on unsupported identification evidence that was now unreliable in light the father’s evidence. The prosecution offered no evidence after these submissions on all counts.

R v N [2023] Cardiff CC

Junior counsel (led by Tom Crowther KC) in a multi-million pound fraud conspiracy involving false claims on the chargeback scheme operated by WorldPay.

R v A [2023] Isleworth CC

Junior counsel (led by Alexandra Scott) in a multi-million pound money laundering involving the transporting of cash to Dubai.

R v J [2022] Isleworth CC

Acquittal for a defendant charged with being concerned in the supply of Class A and Class B drugs following a four-day trial. The client was charged on the basis of messages found on a mobile telephone said to the belong to the defendant. Anthony ran a two-fold defence, namely that there was insufficient evidence of the supply of either drug and that the attribution evidence linking the defendant to the device was unreliable.

R v K [2022] Central Criminal Court

Anthony’s client was charged with handling stolen goods. Having taken Anthony’s advice not to give evidence in his defence and following Anthony’s speech, the defendant was unanimously acquitted by the jury.

R v N [2022] Kingston CC

Anthony won a complex legal argument on reverse burdens of proof for an offence which has never before been dealt with in case law. The relevant statute required the defendant ‘to prove a reasonable excuse’. Anthony successfully argued that this express statutory exception should be read down under the Human Rights Act 1998 to impose only an evidential burden and therefore not contravene the defendant’s right to a fair trial under Article 6 of the ECHR.

The Chief Constable of Sussex Constabulary v Ors [2022] Brighton MC

Represented the Chief Constable of Sussex Constabulary in breaches of Domestic Violence Protection Orders.

The Insolvency Service v R [2021] Luton MC

Prosecuted a defendant charged with re-using a prohibited company name under section 216, Insolvency Act 1986.

R v T [2021] Westminster MC

Client charged with possession of an offensive weapon and trespassing into Buckingham Palace. Client had complex mental health issues including schizophrenia. He also had two previous convictions for bladed article offences, subjecting him to a mandatory minimum sentence. Anthony produced a lengthy sentencing note in addition to his oral submissions. Chief Magistrate Goldspring found that it would have been unjust in all the circumstances to impose the mandatory minimum, noting that he ‘could not fault’ Anthony’s approach to the relevant law. The client received a sentence which did not affect his release date. The Sun, the Daily Mail and The Guardian.

R v B [2021] Maidstone CC

Secured a suspended sentence for a client charged multiple shoplifting offences and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, described by the judge as ‘at the highest level of ABH, on the cusp of GBH and wounding.’

R v S [2021] Isleworth CC

Client received a sentence of 16 months’ custody for possession of a razor blade melted into a toothbrush in prison. The sentence was below the starting point for such an offence. The judge was persuaded to grant the client 20% credit for a guilty plea entered on the first day of trial as the client had not had the opportunity to view the CCTV prior to that date.

R v C [2021] Uxbridge MC

Anthony successfully excluded confessions made by his client per section 78 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. Despite the client’s failing to attend her trial, she was acquitted due to the lack of other prosecution evidence.

R v C [2021] Uxbridge MC

Anthony successfully excluded confessions made by his client per section 78 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. Despite the client’s failing to attend her trial, she was acquitted due to the lack of other prosecution evidence.

R v H [2021] Kingston CC

Negotiated a basis of plea to one charge of cultivating cannabis which placed the client in lesser role on the sentencing guidelines. The client received a sentence which allowed his immediate release.

R v H [2021] Willesden MC

Successfully persuaded the court not to order the destruction of his client’s pitbull. The complex hearing involved the cross-examination of police officers and two canine experts. The client then received a fine for the offence despite significant injuries caused to both humans and dogs at the scene.

Notable Asset Forfeiture & Civil Recovery cases

R v M [2021] Folkestone MC

Secured an adjournment in lieu of a warrant of committal at an enforcement hearing, where the client had £13,000 outstanding to pay on her confiscation order.

Anthony has considerable experience representing parties before fitness to practise tribunals. Anthony undertook a 6-month secondment with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, where he gained experience in all stages of proceedings, having advised on case preparation and also presenting cases at the interim and substantive stages. Anthony’s experience in the criminal courts has proved invaluable in cases involving extensive cross-examination and allegations comprising criminal convictions and dishonesty.

Notable Professional Regulation cases

HCPC v S [2023]

Successfully argued that there was no case to answer in respect of allegations relating to a psychologist failing to maintain appropriate professional boundaries.

The Panel concluded that there was no case to answer on the facts in respect of three of the five allegations, due to concessions elicited by Anthony during his cross-examination of three witnesses for the HCPC.

The Panel further agreed with Anthony that there was no prospect of the Panel’s finding misconduct in respect of the remaining allegations. Anthony’s client therefore maintains her glowing professional record and is able to return to practice.

HCPC v K [2023]

Despite the panel’s finding that Anthony’s client had dishonestly misled others to believe he was a doctor, the registrant was given a suspension in lieu of strike off.


Presenting on behalf of the NMC. The Registrant was struck off having been convicted of child abduction offences. Despite the registrant’s attempts to relitigate the matter, Anthony extensive cross-examination at the impairment stage led to the panel’s decision to strike the registrant off the register.



Novel case where Anthony applied to the Committee to exercise its powers to require the attendance of a reluctant witness under rule 22(5) of the Nursing and Midwifery (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2004.


Complex case involving the cross-over between upper tribunal findings at an appeal against a DBS barring decision and related regulatory proceedings.


Case involving allegations of sexual assault, bullying and unprofessional use of social media.

Bar Professional Training Course – Outstanding

University of Law, London Bloomsbury

LLM – Distinction

University of Law, London Bloomsbury

LLB Law (with German Law) – First Class Honours

University of Sheffield

Executive Committee member of the Criminal Bar Association

Amicus ALJ

“I cannot reveal my sources”: R (LXP) v Central Criminal Court, Barrister Magazine (November 2023)

The HCPC’s New Standards, Mountford Chambers Blog (October 2023)

Case Note on R v Watson and Ors [2023] EWCA Crim 960, Lexis Nexis (October 2023)

Daniel Khalife: Sentencing Cases of Escape – The Expert Witness – Issue 51 (October 2023)

“You might very well think that…”: Opinion Evidence in Regulatory Proceedings, Mountford Chambers Blog (June 2023)

R v Cook [2023] EWCA Crim 452: A Rejection of a Harm-Based Approach, Mountford Chambers Blog (May 2023)

The collateral use of documents disclosed in civil proceedings in criminal proceedings, Young Fraud Lawyers Association Spring Newsletter (June 2022)

Perpetuating Myths: the Need for Review in the Right Areas, Carmelite Briefing (August 2021)

Tell me Lies to Tell me Why: Revisiting the Confidentiality of Jury Deliberations, Carmelite Briefing (April 2021)

BLOG: A Code to Joy: the Sentencing Act 2020 – Carmelite Briefing (December 2020)

Buchanan Prize (The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn)

Kennedy Scholarship (The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn)

Advocacy Scholarship (University of Law)

David Hoath Memorial Prize (University of Sheffield) 

Winner of the Lincoln’s Inn Moot 2020

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