Details of practice
James Hines practises in crime, commercial fraud and extradition, principally defending. With 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 David Mills, a UK based solicitor.
He is currently instructed by the Serious Fraud Office to advise on any criminal conduct arising out of LIBOR manipulation.
James has defended in numerous SFO trials. He recently 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 Office of Fair Trading on cartel matters.
In crime he has acted as both leading and junior counsel in all areas including international money laundering, corruption, historic rape cases, murder, robbery, drugs.
James is currently instructed to represent Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective at the centre of the NOTW phone hacking scandal.
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.
In April this year James represented Prison Governor Charalambous during the inquest of Miss Beswick, an inmate who died at HM Prison Send in 2010.
James has been practising in the field of extradition for over 30 years and has appeared for foreign governments and fugitives in courts at all levels. Notable cases include Bermingham, Derby and Mulgrew “The Nat West Three” in respect of their extradition and judicial review of the Serious Fraud Office. He also appeared in the Tollman case.
He has a wealth of experience representing police officers in the Crown Court and in disciplinary proceedings.
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 against SOCA in respect of Civil Recovery of proceeds of crime, recently arguing 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 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.
Chambers 100 UK Bar 2014
“James Hines is ‘a fantastic all-round barrister’ with whom sources ‘cannot find a fault’ as he is ‘good at everything.’” (Chambers UK 2012: Crime)
“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’. Hines has a full practice and is increasingly leading his own jury trials.” (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)
Ranked as a Leading Junior in the Crime, Extradition Experts and Fraud sections of Chambers UK 2010.
“James Hines is known as ‘one of the real stars of the junior list’. He is one of the most revered juniors.” (Chambers UK 2010: Crime)
“James Hines is ‘a great extradition expert’ and ‘an accomplished lawyer’s lawyer’.” (Chambers UK 2009, Crime/Extradition Experts)
“Never less than excellent in all that he does.” (Chambers UK 2008, Fraud: Criminal)
“very, very, bright" James Hines was commended for being "a good advocate and always having a thorough understanding of the mountain of papers in a case." (Chambers UK 2006 Fraud: Criminal)
Call 1982 Gray's Inn
Criminal Bar Association Committee member
Elected Bar Council representative
Member of the Bar Council Professional Practice Committee
Member of the Bar Council Equality and Diversity Committee
Extradition Lawyers Association
Commonwealth Lawyers Association
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
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.
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