James Hines QC

Call: 1982 / QC: 2015

"Has phenomenal ability and great knowledge of extradition law."

Chambers UK 2020: Extradition

"He's a really capable and very intelligent advocate."

Chambers UK 2020: Extradition

"Calm, collected and an original thinker."

Chambers UK 2020: Financial Crime

"He's super bright and charming to work with."

Chambers UK 2020: Financial Crime

"Urbane and very bright, with a commanding court presence."

Legal 500 2020: Business & Regulatory Crime

Instructing James

To instruct James please contact our Clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

James Hines QC has been practising in large scale commercial fraud, crime and extradition, both prosecuting and defending for over 35 years.

He specialises in cases which have both criminal and commercial/civil aspects particularly those with an international element.

James has conducted numerous Serious Fraud Office trials. For 25 years he exclusively appeared for the defence and provided strategic advice to clients during the investigation stage. In April 2015 he was instructed by the SFO to led for the prosecution in the LIBOR trial of Barclay employees.

James both prosecutes and defends in Financial Conduct Authority cases and for the Competition and Markets Authority on competition and cartel matters. In crime he has acted in areas including international money laundering, corruption, historic rape cases, murder, robbery, and drugs.

His commercial experience includes appearances before the Commercial Court and in the Court of Appeal Civil division.

Recognised as a Leading silk in International Crime Extradition in Legal 500 2020.

James has been appearing in extradition cases at every level for over 30 years, notable cases include “The Nat West Three” and the Tollman case.

Notable clients include Silvio Berlusconi (by live television link from London to his trial in Milan).

For some years he acted as outside criminal counsel for the Microsoft Corporation.

James has recently been working in the Cayman Islands assisting with a number of high-profile cases and with the response to the Mutual Evaluation Report into Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures dated March 2019 from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).

Legal Expertise

International/Extradition overview

James has been appearing in extradition cases at every level for over 30 years, he is recognised as a Leading silk in International Crime Extradition in Legal 500 2020.

Notable International/Extradition cases

Ivica Todoric v County State Attorney's Office in Zagreb, Croatia

High Court 2018 Chairman of the Board of Agrokor, the largest privately-owned company in Croatia.

United States v Tollman

[2008] EWHC 184 (Admin); [2008] 3 All ER 150 The seminal case on abuse of process

R (on the application of Bermingham) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office

[2007] QB 727; [2007] 2 WLR 635 The Nat West Three

Serious Fraud overview

James has conducted numerous Serious Fraud Office trials. For 25 years he exclusively appeared for the defence and provided strategic advice to clients during the investigation stage. In April 2015 he was instructed by the SFO to led for the prosecution in the LIBOR trial of Barclay employees.

He was appointed to the Queen’s Counsel panel for the Serious Fraud Office in 2015.

James both prosecutes and defends in Financial Conduct Authority cases.

Notable Serious Fraud cases

R v Peter Hall & other

Teeside Crown Court (2017) Internet based cybercrime fraud using copycat website.

SFO v Merchant & others

Southwark Crown Court (2015) The LIBOR prosecution of Barclays employees.

SFO v AR

Southwark Crown Court (2014) International bribery and corruption in the procurement of very large oil and gas construction contracts in Russia.

Crime

Crime overview

James for the Competition and Markets Authority on competition and cartel matters. He has acted in areas including international money laundering, corruption, historic rape cases, murder, robbery, and drugs.

Notable Crime cases

R v KX

Southwark Crown Court Crown Court (2017) A private prosecution of a quantitative analysist concerning computerised algorithmic trading.

R v ST

Southwark Crown Court (2016) Bribery and corruption in relation to contracts at the Royal Palaces.

R v DR

Winchester Crown Court (2016).

Proceeds of Crime

Proceeds of Crime overview

James has recently been working in the Cayman Islands assisting with a number of high-profile cases and with the response to the Mutual Evaluation Report into Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures dated March 2019 from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).

Notable Proceeds of Crime cases

R v DF, FH, JG, PB & KZ

November 2019 Prosecution of 5 defendants for money laundering involving $7million worth of Venezuelan Gold through the Cayman Island.

R v CW & BB - February 2020

Laundering the proceeds of $1.5 million stolen from Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football Associations, through the Accounts of Cayman Islands Football Association.

Serious Organised Crime Agency v Dr Christopher Agid

[2011] EWHC 175 (QB); [2011] Lloyd’s Rep FC 276 (Also Court of Appeal [2011] EWCA Civ 1350) Abuse of process in Civil recovery

International / Extradition

Turkey v Ipek & Others
2019
Alleged Gulenists

Vica Todoric v County State Attorney’s Office in Zagreb, Croatia [High Court]
2018
Chairman of the Board of Agrokor, the largest privately-owned company in Croatia.

Attila Fuzesi and Laszlo Balasz v Budapest Capital Regional Court Hungary
[2018] EWCH 1885 (Admin)
European Arrest Warrants: Reliance on assurances

Van de Pijl v Westminster Magistrates’ Court Administrative Court
2015
Dutch Prosecutors claiming State Immunity from criminal charges

Van de Pijl v Home Secretary
[2014] EWHC 281 (Admin)
Procedures for mutual legal assistance requests

Van de Pijl v Kingston Crown Court
[2013] 1 WLR 2706
Particulars of a Search Warrant

Silvio Berlusconi
2011-2012

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

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

Serious Fraud

Merchant & Mathew v R Court of Appeal
[2018] 1 Cr App R 11
LIBOR – Conspiracy to defraud

Pabon v R Court of Appeal
[2018] EWCA Crim 420
Expert Evidence – LIBOR

R v Peter Hall & Others [Teeside Crown Court]
2017
Internet based cybercrime fraud using copycat websites

SFO v Merchant & Others [Southwark Crown Court]
2015
The LIBOR prosecution of Barclays employees

SFO v AR [Southwark Crown Court]
2014
International bribery and corruption in the procurement of very large oil and gas construction contracts in Russia

Crime

R v KX [Southwark Crown Court Crown Court]
2017
A private prosecution of a quantitative analysist concerning computerised algorithmic trading

R v ST [Southwark Crown Court]
2016
Bribery and corruption in relation to contracts at the Royal Palaces

R v DR [Winchester Crown Court]
2016
An American accused of murdering his father in 1982 in Paris. Issues of extraterritorial jurisdiction and retrospectivity

R v RJ [Reading Crown Court]
2011
An execution-style murder

Proceeds of Crime

Serious Organised Crime Agency v Dr Christopher Agidi
[2011] EWHC 175 (QB); [2011] Lloyd’s Rep FC 276
(Also Court of Appeal [2011] EWCA Civ 1350)
Abuse of process in Civil recovery

Contempt of Court

Islamic Investment Bank Co of the Gulf (Bahamas) v Symphony Gems Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
[2010] EWCA Civ 709

Instructing James

To instruct James please contact our Clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

“Has phenomenal ability and great knowledge of extradition law.” Chambers UK 2020: Extradition

“A long-standing practitioner with his finger on the pulse.” Chambers UK 2020: Extradition

“He’s a really capable and very intelligent advocate.” Chambers UK 2020: Extradition

Known for his effective advocacy style, he emphasises his strongest arguments well and communicates clearly with his audience. Chambers UK 2020: Financial Crime

“Calm, collected and an original thinker” Chambers UK 2020: Financial Crime

“he seems to pluck stuff out of left-field that you haven’t anticipated.” Chambers UK 2020: Financial Crime

“He’s super bright and charming to work with.” Chambers UK 2020: Financial Crime

‘Urbane and very bright, with a commanding court presence.’ The Legal 500 2020: Business & Regulatory Crime

‘He combines an analytical eye with adeft touch with clients and court alike.’ The Legal 500 2020: Business & Regulatory Crime

“A brilliant silk whose cross-examination skill is of particular note”. Chambers UK 2019: Financial Crime

‘Very versatile because of his appearances in the commercial courts, which gives him an edge.’ The Legal 500 2019: International Crime and Extradition

“Solicitor-friendly and client-friendly, he is just a joy to work with. Intelligent, hard-working and respected”. Chambers UK 2018: Financial Crime

“Urbane, with a great charm and a commanding presence in court”. The Legal 500 2017: Business & Regulatory Crime

“Sought out to advise on high-stakes matters. Equally good on paper as he is an advocate, he grasps the essential points remarkably quickly and cuts through the chaff to get to the important points.” Chambers UK 2017: Financial Crime

‘‘A wonderful advocate with a warmth that endears him to clients.” The Legal 500 2016

“Highly experienced at assisting Governments and foreign fugitives in various different Courts”. Chambers UK 2017: Extradition

James is a member of the following organisations and associations:

  • Extradition Lawyers Association (ELA)
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum (DELF)
  • European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)
  • European Fraud & Compliance Lawyers Association (ECFL)
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
  • Private Prosecutors Association (PPA)
  • James was Called to the Bar in Gray’s Inn in July 1982
  • He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in February 2015
  • He was appointed to the Queen’s Counsel panel for the Serious Fraud Office in 2015
  • He was elected a Master of the Bench of Gray’s Inn in 2019.

Recent speaking and training engagements:

2019

  • Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, Cayman Islands – (Money Laundering)
  • Fraud Lawyers Association International Conference – (Communications between Prosecutors and defenders)

2018

  • Oxford University 2018 – (Ivey & Genting Dishonesty)
  • Fraud Lawyer Association – International Conference 2018 (Extradition, Mutual Legal Assistance)

2017

  • Bar Council of England & Wales – Annual Bar Conference 2017 – (Ethics)
  • American Bar Association – White Collar Conference 2017 – (Press relations)
  • Fraud Lawyers Association – International Conference 2017 – (Deferred Prosecution Agreements)
  • British Academy of Forensic Scientists 2017 – (Time of Death, Entomology (blowfly & maggots))
  • Bar Council of England & Wales – English Cypriot Law Day 2017 – (Unexplained Wealth Orders)
  • Vice Chair (Crime) of the Ethics Committee of the Bar council of England and Wales
  • Elected Committee member of Fraud Lawyers Association

Former appointments

  • Elected and co-opted member of the Criminal Bar Association Committee 2011 -2018
  • Elected member of the Bar Council 2011 –2016
  • Ethics Committee 2011 to date
  • International Committee 2013 –2016
  • International Rule of Law group 2015
  • Equality & Diversity Committee 2011 –2013
  • Gray’s Inn advocacy trainer

I, James Hines QC, am a data controller and can be contacted at 3 Raymond Buildings, Gray’s Inn, London WC1R 5BH or by telephone on 020 7400 6400 or by email at james.hines@3rblaw.com. My Data Protection Policy can be found below.

All personal data that I process is for the purposes of providing legal services, conducting conflict-checks, marketing, defending potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes, keeping anti-money laundering records, training other barristers and pupils and when providing work-shadowing opportunities, and/or exercising a right to a lien. The types of data I process vary upon the nature of the legal matter in relation to which I am engaged to advise, but can include names, contact details, biographic details and ‘special category personal data’ (such as details of racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, health, sex life and criminal convictions and proceedings).

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, the legal bases upon which I process personal data are (i) the performance of a contract to which the data subject is a party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract, (ii) the processing is necessary to comply with legal obligations to which I am subject, or (iii) the processing is necessary for the legitimate interests set out above, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subjects which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child. When I rely on (iii) legitimate interests, my ‘Legitimate Interests Assessment’ can be found here. When I process data which has not be obtained directly from the data subject (e.g. personal data contained in evidential materials), it will have been supplied to me as part of my instructions in circumstances covered by legal professional privilege.

Depending upon the circumstances of the case, I may share the personal data with:

  1. my Chambers, which supplies professional and administrative support to my practice;
  2. Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;
  3. my lay and professional clients;
  4. potential witnesses, in particular experts, and friends or family of the data subject;
  5. solicitors, barristers, pupils, mini pupils and other legal representatives;
  6. ombudsmen and regulatory authorities;
  7. current, past or prospective employers;
  8. education and examining bodies;
  9. business associates, professional advisers and trade bodies.

I retain personal data for no longer than 7 years after the case has come to an end or as otherwise required by law.

I do not intend to transfer data to any country which is not either within the European Union, ‘white listed’ by the EU or otherwise permitted by EU law (e.g. to the USA under the provisions of the ‘Privacy Shield’).

Under the GDPR, data subjects whose personal data I process have the right to request from me access to, and rectification or erasure of, their personal data, the right to the restriction of processing concerning them, the right to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Data subjects also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ico.org.uk).

In cases where there is a contract between me and the data subject, the provision of personal data is a contractual requirement and the data subject is obliged to provide the personal data in order that I can supply legal services. A failure to provide such data may mean that I will not be able to provide the legal services.

Rev 1.1 19.07.2018

Data Protection Policy

Legitimate Interests Assessment

James Hines QC 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.