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Roderick James

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Charter Chambers (Chambers of Nicholas Rhodes QC and Neil Hawes QC)


Roderick is a highly regarded practitioner with extensive experience of acting in all elements of serious criminal work. His main areas of expertise include: fraud, money laundering, drugs, violence, courts martial and sports-related offences. Principally instructed to defend, he is also a Grade 3 rated prosecutor. He also appears regularly before Courts Martial both in the UK and overseas and has considerable experience in regulatory work, acting for the Civil Aviation Authority and the Nursing and Midwifery Council in prosecuting regulatory offences. Having particular expertise in multi-handed fraud and money laundering trials as well as serious drug-trafficking and violence cases, Roderick conducts cases either alone or as a led junior at all court levels. He has taken cases from first instance through to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and is happy to provide consistency of representation in long, serious cases by advising during the investigation stage and by appearing from the first appearance onwards. In addition to a busy defence practice, Roderick is a Grade 3 rated advocate for the CPS (London) having frequently prosecuted multi-handed trials. He undertakes all aspects of confiscation matters as well as conducting immigration, deportation and human rights appeals. As a keen sportsman, Roderick also has an interest in sports-related offences. He has defended rugby players against allegations of serious assaults during play and represents players before disciplinary tribunals. Roderick is frequently instructed in regulatory matters with particular experience in the civil aviation and medical jurisdictions. Roderick was a 2004 Bar Caribbean Pro Bono Unit volunteer to Jamaica where he worked alongside local attorneys in the preparation and presentation of capital murder trials and appeals as well as other Human Rights related cases. He maintains a keen interest in this area and is happy to provide advice or representation pro bono in respect of Caribbean and other cases in the Privy Council.


Called 1999; Lincoln’s Inn (Hardwicke scholar).


CBA; PABA; CALA; SE Circuit.


Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham; Trinity College, Oxford (MA).


Rugby, golf.

London Bar

Crime (general crime)

Within: Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Roderick James - Charter ChambersHis friendly and easy-going manner belies the sheer preparation he puts in.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Roderick James - Charter ChambersA lawyer’s lawyer with a careful and considered approach to all the issues.

Within: Fraud: crime

Charter Chambers’s Leila Gaskin represented a primary defendant, who was convicted of a £400,000 ‘sham marriage’ scheme and accompanying money laundering. Roderick James successfully defended a director of a company charged by trading standards with mis-selling of insurance warranties.

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