Ian James

Ian James

Barrister | Criminal Law

Year of Call: 1981


In his career at the Bar spanning well over 30 years, Ian James has conducted cases for both prosecution and defence at the very highest levels.

As a crucial member of Octagon Legal’s Criminal Law team, Ian has been involved in a number of high-profile cases. He has recently successfully prosecuted the boxer, Herbie Hide, and the son of Abu Hamsa for armed robbery.

Ian has been Leading Junior in cases of murder for prosecution and defence, and his experience extends to all aspects of criminal advocacy including serious fraud.

Ian’s specialism is in cases involving firearms, extending back to the case of Norfolk farmer, Tony Martin, in which he dealt with the ballistics evidence as a junior for the prosecution. As an adjunct to this, he now additionally practices in the field of firearms licensing.