David James

David James - Barrister at St John's Buildings

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 1998

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David is an advocate specialising in serious road traffic law, regulatory, health and safety, inquests and serious crime.

Individual, professional and corporate clients receive a tailored service aimed at defending positions and protecting reputations. David’s focus is a client-based approach to ensure individual, professional and corporate clients remain central to the court processes. David’s approach to a client’s case epitomises teamwork, thorough preparation, problem solving and strategic management of cases to achieve optimum results.

David is regularly and consistently instructed in cases involving serious and fatal injury and has particular skills in mastering scientific and medical data, large volumes of data and distilling complicated issues for presentation in clear, concise and easy to follow terms for the benefit of the decision-making tribunal, be it professional judges or juries. David is diligent and has a professional approach and manner suited to the most distressing of cases.

A particular specialism is serious road traffic accidents involving serious and fatal injury and is predominantly instructed in these cases with the backing of national insurance companies.

David receives instructions in cases leading other junior counsel, particularly in cases involving financial irregularity and maintains a practice dealing with very serious crime.

David receives regular Hackney and Taxi Licensing instructions on behalf of Manchester City Council and is licenced to provide legal advice and representation directly to members of the public.

Education

  • BSc (Hons), Brighton
  • LLB (Hons), Nottingham Trent

Appointments

  • Accredited for Direct Public Access instructions

Expertise

  • Crime

    Cases

    Driving (Death / Serious Injury by Driving)

    R v M: Death by Careless (collision with pedestrian crossing road).

    R v S: Death by Careless (collision with motorcycle at road junction).

    R v S: Death by Careless (collision with cyclist).

    R v A: Death by Dangerous (speed through junction collision with pedestrian).

    R v C: Death by Dangerous (racing on road).

    R v S: Death by Dangerous (speed / loss of control / humped bridge).

    R v E: Collision (distracted by dog).

    R v L: Death by Dangerous (loss of control / defective tyres / inexperienced driver).

    R v J: Death by Dangerous (fitness to stand trial / Alzheimer’s).

    R v P: Death by Dangerous (undiagnosed neurological deterioration).

    R v B: Collision at School Crossing (multiple injury / Coughing fit / Syncope).

    R v S: Serious Injury by Dangerous (sleep apnoea / medical conditions).

    R v E: Death by Careless (collision with pedestrian / causation / unlit road).

    R v R: Death by Dangerous (speed / drag racing high powered vehicle).

    R v C: Death by Careless (multiple fatality / physically disabled driver).

    R v C: Death by Careless (multiple fatality / speed / inattention/ unlit road).

    R v DS: Death by Dangerous (multiple fatality / HGV driver / motorway collision).

    R v M: Death by Dangerous (HGV driver / sneezing / involuntary distraction).

    R v L: Death by Dangerous (HGV driver / collision on slip road).

    R v H: Death by Careless (HGV driver, collision with pedestrian during turn).

    R v W: Death by Careless (HGV collision with Pedestrian during turn).

    R v P: Death by Careless (collision with pedestrian at crossing).

    R v C: Death by Dangerous (HGV Driver crossing dual carriageway).

    R v R: Death by Careless (HGV driver performing U-Turn on dual carriageway).

    Serious Crime

    R v Mc: Murder (drowning).

    R v S: Murder & Firearms.

    R v F: Murder (of parent) as featured on C4 the prosecutors.

    R v Q: Murder (assassination by shooting).

    R v L: Defendant on second murder allegation.

    R v S: Manchester Gang Murder.

    R v DG: Murder Attempt Murder (knife attack in city centre nightclub).

    R v A: Attempted Murder (knife, domestic attack, PTSD).

    R v S: Conspiracy – Gangland doorstep shootings.

    R v A: Fraud – Leading Junior.

    R v W: Conspiracy to Defraud – Leading Junior (£1m fraud).

    R v G: Conspiracy to Defraud – Leading Junior for Lead Defendant of 63.

    R v. D-C: UK’s largest online drug dealing operation.

    R v C: Conspiracy to Import £25m Class A Drugs.

    R v K: £1.4m amphetamine seizure by International Organised Gang Leader.

    R v O’C: Rape allegation following meeting via Social Media dating website.

    R v R: Rape allegation following meeting via Social Media dating website.

    Professional Conduct

    R v C: Headmaster facing multiple historic sexual allegations against pupils.

    R v R: Deputy Headmistress accused of Cruelty against pupils.

    R v M: Allegation of illegal hunting with dogs by Master of Mounted Hunt.

    Re W: Advising a financial adviser and investor regarding private prosecution and enforcement following multi million euro oversees investment.

    Re S: Company Production Manager implicated in workplace fall from height.

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  • Regulatory

    Cases

    Driving (Death / Serious Injury by Driving)

    R v M: Death by Careless (collision with pedestrian crossing road).

    R v S: Death by Careless (collision with motorcycle at road junction).

    R v S: Death by Careless (collision with cyclist).

    R v A: Death by Dangerous (speed through junction collision with pedestrian).

    R v C: Death by Dangerous (racing on road).

    R v S: Death by Dangerous (speed / loss of control / humped bridge).

    R v E: Collision (distracted by dog).

    R v L: Death by Dangerous (loss of control / defective tyres / inexperienced driver).

    R v J: Death by Dangerous (fitness to stand trial / Alzheimer’s).

    R v P: Death by Dangerous (undiagnosed neurological deterioration).

    R v B: Collision at School Crossing (multiple injury / Coughing fit / Syncope).

    R v S: Serious Injury by Dangerous (sleep apnoea / medical conditions).

    R v E: Death by Careless (collision with pedestrian / causation / unlit road).

    R v R: Death by Dangerous (speed / drag racing high powered vehicle).

    R v C: Death by Careless (multiple fatality / physically disabled driver).

    R v C: Death by Careless (multiple fatality / speed / inattention/ unlit road).

    R v DS: Death by Dangerous (multiple fatality / HGV driver / motorway collision).

    R v M: Death by Dangerous (HGV driver / sneezing / involuntary distraction).

    R v L: Death by Dangerous (HGV driver / collision on slip road).

    R v H: Death by Careless (HGV driver, collision with pedestrian during turn).

    R v W: Death by Careless (HGV collision with Pedestrian during turn).

    R v P: Death by Careless (collision with pedestrian at crossing).

    R v C: Death by Dangerous (HGV Driver crossing dual carriageway).

    R v R: Death by Careless (HGV driver performing U-Turn on dual carriageway).

    Health & Safety

    CC v HH: Fraudulent Business – dangerous chemicals / teeth whitening.

    HSE v R Ltd: Improper use of plant machinery / fatal accident at Dockside.

    HSE v W Lt: Building Regulations – fall from height (Scaffolding).

    HSE v NR: Residential Care Home – fall from height.

    HSE v T Ltd: Amputation to engineer at Bowling Alley.

    Fire Regulations

    FA v KK: Breach of Fire Regulations at Large City Centre Hotel.

    FA v ZA: Breach Fire Regulations Multi-Occupancy Premises.

    FA v L: Breach Fire Regulations at a Retail Outlet.

    FA v M: Breach Fire Regulations at a City Centre Nightclub.

    Food Regulations

    CC v T Ltd: Food Poisoning outbreak by Catering Firm.

    R v H: Food Hygiene Regulations: Illegal Slaughter House.

    Environmental

    R v M: Company breaching Waste Management Regulations.

    Professional Conduct

    R v C: Headmaster facing multiple historic sexual allegations against pupils.

    R v R: Deputy Headmistress accused of Cruelty against pupils.

    R v M: Allegation of illegal hunting with dogs by Master of Mounted Hunt.

    Re W: Advice to financial adviser and investor regarding private prosecution and enforcement following multi million euro oversees investment.

    Re S: Company Production Manager implicated in workplace fall from height.

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  • Inquests

    Example Inquests

    For Insured HGV driver involved in fatal collision with pedestrian.

    For Production Manager following fall from height by employee.

    For Management Company following fall from height by child trespassers.

    For National Care Provider following death by unrecognised medical conditions.

    For Medical Care Provider following death at assisted living facility by hypothermia.

    For National Public Service Provider following death in custody.

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  • Public Access

    David is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access Scheme.

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