Details of practice

James Hines practises in crime, commercial fraud and extradition, principally defending.  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.

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, notably the FSA prosecution of Mr Uberoi, and in 2005 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 areas including international money laundering, corruption, historic rape cases, murder, robbery, and drugs.

In 2014 James represented Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective at the centre of the NOTW phone hacking scandal and in 2015 Jules Stenson, the former features editor of NOTW.

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 notably 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.

He specialises in acting for third parties in respect of internal investigations, witness summons, SFO s.2 notices and international cooperation (MLA). He has experience of private prosecutions.  For some years he acted as outside criminal counsel for Microsoft.

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 as a top business lawyer in 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 go-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


Queen’s Counsel 2015

Other information

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

Direct access

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.

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