James Kirby


James Kirby

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A leading junior, James has defended at the highest levels in cases of murder, large scale fraud or money laundering, firearms, drug importations, and computer crime.

He has also acted in areas of Administrative and Regulatory law, in cases brought under the Medicines Act 1968, the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, and in Judicial Reviews.

As well as being a natural jury advocate, he is particularly suited to cases of forensic or scientific complexity. In 2010 James was invited to become Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law & Advocacy at the University of Portsmouth.

He has now returned to practice and may be instructed by Direct Access.

Other activities:


  • As well as training young barristers at the Inns of Court, James has also helped solicitors prepare to take the Crown Court Recorder’s exams. He has also trained expert witnesses for trial, and helped other witnesses prepare to face hostile cross examination in high-value commercial litigation.


  • Advisor to BBC’s Rough Justice programme on a murder conviction, since overturned by the Court of Appeal. BBC News: legal analysis and comment.
  • For Legal Network Television: Legal Editor & Consultant on programmes on confiscation of the proceeds of crime; on computer crime; and on motoring offences.