James Hines  QC

James Hines QC

Call: 1982 QC: 2015
3 Raymond Buildings
Gray's Inn
London WC1R 5BH
+44 (0)20 7400 6400

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Details of practice

James Hines practises in crime, commercial fraud and extradition, principally defending. With over 30 years of experience he specialises in cases which have both criminal and commercial/civil aspects particularly those with an international element.

In 2012 James represented Silvio Berlusconi by live television link from London to his trial in Milan for offences of making corrupt payments to a UK based solicitor.

He is currently instructed by the Serious Fraud Office to prosecute in the LIBOR trial of Barclays employees.

James has defended in numerous SFO trials. In 2014 he represented Andrew Rybak at Southwark Crown Court who was accused of international bribery and corruption in the procurement of very large oil and gas construction contracts in Russia.

He has defended in several insider dealing cases, in 2009 in the FSA prosecution of Mr Uberoi, and in 2005 in Butt and others, which involved spread betting.

James is also instructed by the Competition and Markets Authority on cartel matters.

In crime he has acted in all areas including international money laundering, corruption, historic rape cases, murder, robbery, drugs.

In 2014 James represented Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective at the centre of the NOTW phone hacking scandal and is currently advising Jules Stenson the former features editor of NOTW.

He has appeared in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords for Greenpeace activists and other peace protesters on issued of customary international law and the legality of the war in Iraq.

Chambers UK 2015 rightly describes James as “vastly experienced” in extradition. He has appeared for foreign governments and fugitives in courts at all levels. Notable cases include Bermingham, Derby and Mulgrew “The Nat West Three” and the Tollman case.

His commercial experience includes appearances before the Commercial Court and in the Court of Appeal Civil division on issues of contempt of court, self-incrimination and the extent of the Bayer v Winter jurisdiction.

In the QBD he has appeared for Dr Agidi in respect of Civil Recovery, a leading authority on abuse/ double jeopardy.

He regularly provides strategic advice to clients during the investigation stage. Examples include the failed military coup in Equatorial Guinea, political corruption in the Caribbean and proceedings before the Austrian court.

He specialises in acting for third parties in respect of internal investigations, witness summons, SFO s.2 notices and international cooperation (MLA). For some years he acted as outside criminal counsel for Microsoft, advising on disclosure duties in large scale fraud and counterfeiting cases and coordinating with prosecuting authorities across the UK.

He is experienced in licensing cases involving liquor, public entertainment, betting and gaming and casino cases both at first instance and on appeal.

Directory recommendations

Chambers 100 UK Bar 2014

“He is a very smooth, graceful advocate with a naughty sense of humour which wins over clients and the courts”.  Chambers UK 2015: Crime

He is an absolute to-to person who instinctively knows even in the midst of a huge case, where the issues lie”. Chambers UK 2015: Financial Crime

“A fine legal mind and extremely impressive”. The Legal 500 2014

“James Hines is ‘a hugely talented lawyer and gifted tactician.’” 
(Chambers UK: Fraud)

“The ‘really charming’ James Hines ... has particular expertise in extradition and serious fraud, ‘areas in which he displays spectacular knowledge and performs beautifully’.  (Chambers UK 2011: Crime)

“James Hines is ‘very good and very hard-working’ and renowned for his high-calibre advice to directors facing SFO prosecutions and investigations.”  (Chambers UK 2011: (Fraud) 

Education/professional qualifications

Call 1982 Gray's Inn

Other information

Criminal Bar Association Committee member
Elected Bar Council representative
Member of the Bar Council Professional Practice Committee
Member of the Bar Council International Committee
Extradition Lawyers Association
Commonwealth Lawyers Association
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
Fraud Lawyers Association

Direct access

James Hines is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him. In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme. 

 For further information please contact our Clerks.

Notable cases


SFO v Johnson & Others
The LIBOR prosecution of Barclays employees

Silvio Berlusconi
City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court
Represented Silvio Berlusconi via live television link from the Court to his trial in Milan for offences of making corrupt payments to David Mills

Belgium v Warren Bartlett
Administrative Court
[2010] EWHC 1390
Represented Mr Bartlett at his extradition appeal arguing abuse of process in respect of a European Arrest Warrant

Serious Fraud

Serious Fraud Office v Andrew Rybak
Southwark Crown Court
Represented Mr Rybak at his trial for international bribery and corruption in the procurement of very large oil and gas construction contracts in Russia

Serious Fraud Office v Brian O’Brien and Lynne D'Albertson
Southwark Crown Court
Represented the prosecution. The defendants were husband and wife, accused of a large scale international boiler room investment fraud 


R v John Loveridge
Oxford Crown Court
Defended Mr Loveridge who was accused of repeatedly raping a young girl for a period of years in the early 1990s

R v Robert Derek Johnston
Reading Crown Court
An execution style murder at Sunningdale by a father and his two sons of a 33 year old man involved in a multimillion pound VAT fraud. Their van was stopped leaving the house with their victim, barely alive, buried under sand in a builder’s bag. Represented Robert Johnston the father

R v Gloria Dwomoh
Old Bailey
A mother who force fed her 10 month old baby to death

R v Charlton Lewars
Southwark Crown Court
Defended Mr Lewars, a bus driver accused of causing death by dangerous driving when he crushed a cyclist to death on Oxford Street W1.  The issue on the case was non insane automatism

R v Antony Hutchins
[2011] EWCA Crim 1056
This was an appeal against conviction on the issue of Directors’ liability in regulatory offences

R v Youssef Wahid
Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey)
‘Body in a suitcase murder’. Mr Wahid murdered his girlfriend and took her body to Heathrow in a large suitcase. He was filmed on CCTV arriving at the airport with the case.

R v Simone Manning
Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey)
‘Murder on the dance flo9or’. Miss Manning was present in a nightclub when her boyfriend shot a young girl whilst she was dancing on a crowded dance floor.


R v Timothy Nunn
Southwark Crown Court
Defended Sergeant Nunn at his trial. He was accused with another police officer of perverting the course of justice by fabricating evidence against a potential defendant

R v Nigel Cowley
Southwark Crown Court
(2010 - 2011)
Defended one of four police officers alleged to have beaten up Babar Ahmad when arresting him for terrorism offences

R v Nigel Brown
Maidstone Crown Court
Represented Nigel Brown at his trial.  He was a covert police driver accused of causing death by dangerous driving, he killed the driver of another vehicle whilst on duty in an unmarked police car

Proceeds of Crime

Serious Organised Crime Agency v Dr Christopher Agidi
Royal Courts of Justice
[2011] EWHC 175 (QB); [2011] Lloyd’s Rep FC 276
(Also Court of Appeal [2011] EWCA Civ 1350)
Represented Dr Agidi, a former high ranking Nigerian civil servant in his Civil Recovery Trial.  The case involved complex arguments of abuse of process in civil recovery cases

Contempt of Court

Islamic Investment Bank Co of the Gulf (Bahamas) v Symphony Gems
Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
[2010] EWCA Civ 709
The Appellant had been found in contempt of the Commercial Court. The issue for the Court of Appeal was the extant to which he could rely on the privilege against self incrimination for no compliance with a disclosure order

Earlier notable cases


Henderson v France
[2009] EWHC 1701 (Admin)

Kallmi v Albania
[2009] EWHC 1411 (Admin)

Tilson v New Zealand
[2009] EWHC 1410 (Admin)

Yuen v Secretary of State for the Home Department
[2009] EWHC 573 (Admin)

Seminara v Italy
[2008] EWHC 2877 (Admin

Stefan v Albania
[2008] EWHC 2600 (Admin)

Stefan v Albania
[2008] EWHC 1044 (Admin)

United States v Tollman
[2008] EWHC 184 (Admin); [2008] 3 All ER 150

R (on the application of Bermingham) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office
[2007] QB 727; [2007] 2 WLR 635

Vey v Public Prosecutor Montlucon
[2006] EWHC 760 (Admin)

R (on the application of Arain) v Germany
[2006] EWHC 1702 (QB)

Derevianko v Lithuania
[2005] EWHC 1212 (QB)

R (on the appliucation of Bermingham) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office
[2005] EWHC 647

Sutej v Governor of Holloway Prison (No 2)
[2005] EWHC 465 (QB)

Fernandes (Charles) v Governor of Brixton Prison
[2004] EWHC 2207 (Admin)

Sapstead v Governor of Belmarsh Prison
[2004] EWHC 2352 (Admin)

Grant v The Queen
[2004] 2 AC 550

Jaffar v Governor of Brixton Prison
[2003] EWHC 3077 (QB)

Sutej v Governor of Holloway Prison (No 1)
[2003] EWHC 1940 (QB)

Togyer v Czech Republic
[2003] EWHC 1418 (Admin)

Guisto v Governor of Brixton Prison
[2003] UKHL 19; [2004] 1 AC 101; [2003] 2 WLR 1089

Foy v Governor of Brixton Prison
[2000] COD 308


R v Creed (John James)
Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
[2006] EWCA Crim 3299

R v Jones (Margaret)
House of Lords
[2007] 1 AC 136; [2006] 2WLR 772

Ayliffe v DPP
[2006] QB 277

R v Alibhai (Akbal)
[2004] EWCA Crim 681