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James joined the firm in 2014.  He qualified as a solicitor in 2006 specialising in both mental health law and as a criminal defence solicitor.  James became a Mental Health Accreditation Panel Member in 2009 and has been a member of the criminal defence duty solicitor scheme since 2013.

James supervises our Mental Health Contract with the Legal Aid Agency. He has also provided external supervision to other suppliers of mental health legal services. As a mental health solicitor based in Leeds James has a built a national reputation for his work in the area and delivers training to a number of hospitals throughout the country on law and practice. He appears before the Mental Health Tribunal on a daily basis.

James is one of only a handful of solicitors in the country that have represented detained patients at Rampton, Ashworth and Broadmoor Hospitals.  He has as a result a particular specialism in dealing with mental health tribunals where the patient is detained following sentence passed by the criminal court.


James has received the following awards this year:

Best Mental Health Law Solicitor UK 2019 (Legal Awards 201)

Mental Health Lawyer of the year UK- (Global 100 awards)


As a criminal defence solicitor James has a particular specialism in dealing with matters that involve mental health issues and is relied upon by members of the judiciary to give them advice on the correct processes to follow.

He specialises in forensic mental health work and has a unique skill for dealing with those who have learning difficulties.

James is one of the few solicitors in the country with experience of representing clients in respect of welfare issues within the Court of Protection.

James provides external training and advice regarding issues relating to the Mental Health Act, Mental Health Tribunals and The Mental Capacity Act.

James also provides advice and representation in Coroners inquests and as a solicitor specialises in relation to gross negligent manslaughter matters before the Coroner.

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