James joined the firm in 2021 from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) where he worked as a prosecutor and investigation lawyer. Prior to that, James practiced general crime at the Bar.
James has particular expertise in matters concerning FCA criminal and regulatory investigations, money laundering, market abuse and investment fraud.
He has experience working on very high profile FCA money laundering cases and on other investigations and prosecutions including insider dealing, fraud and breaches of financial services legislation.
As an investigation lawyer, his experience includes the application of the FCA’s conduct rules, threshold conditions and using the FCA’s Own Initiative powers to impose conditions on firms. In addition to advising on investigations and prosecutions, James was also a member of the FCA’s cryptocurrencies taskforce responsible for implementing the registration and AML supervision of cryptocurrency firms.
At the Bar, James also gained significant experience of private prosecutions, internal investigations and civil asset recovery as well as general crime.
Since returning to private practice, James’ work has primarily focused on advising firms and individuals on market abuse, potential breaches of the general prohibition and the SAMLA 2018 sanctions regime.
James advised on the FCA’s first criminal case under the Money Laundering Regulation, concerning a first tier UK retail bank.