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James was educated at Scotus Academy in Edinburgh and St Josephs College, Ledsham, in Cheshire before embarking upon a career in the police. During his 30 years service he undertook a number of high profile roles including;
James has been invited to speak on a number of occasions about the multi agency approach to child protection and domestic violence, including presentations at the ‘Police Staff College’, Bramshill and to American forces in this country. He also undertook work with Cambridge University reviewing ‘best practise’ in the video interviewing of children, which was then in its infancy.
Since being called to the bar James has advised Bedfordshire Police on the ‘Human Rights’ component of their tactical response to demonstrations planned by the ‘English Defence League’. He has also lectured to officers from a variety of forces about giving evidence, particularly in respect of ‘policy documents’.
For several years James was an associate lecturer on the Open University’s law programme teaching public law and in 2014 undertook the ‘training the trainers’ course to qualify as an advocacy trainer for the ‘Honourable Society of the Middle Temple’.
James has had success in a number of Crown Court and Court of Appeal cases including domestic and stranger rape, gang rape and sexual assault. He has also successfully defended road traffic cases including dangerous driving and causing death by careless and ‘furious driving’.
Bachelor of Art.
Master of Art.
Post Graduate Diploma in Law.
Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills
Degree of the ‘Utter Bar’.
Post Graduate Certificate in Management.
Teaching Certificate in Adult and Further Education.
Higher National Certificate in Police Studies
Honours and Awards
Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
Fellow of the Police Staff College Bramshill.
Hill walking, reading and rugby (as a spectator these days).