James Turner > Tuckers Solicitors > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Tuckers Solicitors
210 CORPORATION STREET
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6QB
England
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Work Department

Senior Partner

Position

Fraud, White Collar & Business Crime

Career

James Turner qualified as a Solicitor in 1997 joining Tuckers Solicitors, Birmingham office in September 2000. He is the Supervising Solicitor for the office and was made a Senior Partner of the firm in July 2015.

James has been a Duty Solicitor since 1998 and currently attends on the central Birmingham Court and Police Station Duty rotas.  He is a committed Trial Advocate.  James also conducts the preparation of cases proceeding before the Crown Court.  He is involved in all stages of criminal proceedings attending client’s under arrest or attending the Police Station on a voluntary basis, through proceedings at the Magistrates Court, the Crown Court and upon appeal to the Appellate Courts.

He is responsible for the supervision of the firm’s quality standards and ensuring that all clients receive both continuity of representation in their case and the high level of professionalism expected by clients of the firm.

James was the President of Birmingham Law Society in its bicentennial year, 2018 to 2019.  He earlier served as Deputy Vice President, Vice President, now sits ex-officio on the Board of Directors of the Society and is a member of four of its committees (Criminal Law, Equality & Diversity), Membership and In-House/General Counsel).  He is the former Chair of the Criminal Law Committee and attends numerous inter-agency meetings within the Criminal Justice System to represent the defence community. 

James is a member of the peer review panel of the Legal Services Commission, visiting lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Law, Birmingham and a student mentor.

James ensures the Birmingham Office of Tuckers Solicitors provides representation at all levels and in all types of criminal cases.  The office also provides agency representation for other firms seeking assistance both at the central and peripheral Magistrates Courts and Police Stations throughout the West Midlands area.

Cases

  • R v D: Appeal against the imposition and terms of Sex Offences Prevention Order.  Successful in considerably reduction in the terms as part of a leading authority in the subject area.
  • R v T: Possession of false identity documents and fraudulent misuse of such documents with a view to financial transactions.  Alleged to have been linked to a separate conspiracy to cultivate cannabis.  Represented the defendant at the Crown Court where an immediate custodial sentence was avoided notwithstanding prevailing sentencing guidelines.
  • R v M: Manslaughter, wounding and false imprisonment.  Secured acquittal of defendant accused of causing the death of his mother.
  • R v E: Conspiracy to defraud.  Representing one of large number of defendants facing a large scale conspiracy to defraud relating to the music industry and recycling industry. Secured acquittal of defendant in large scale VHCC case.
  • R v C: Secured acquittal of defendant charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in domestic context, where prosecution were persuaded to offer no evidence once the credibility of the complainant had been materially affected.
  • R v S Robbery.  Representing youth tried at the Crown Court as part of a multi handed prosecution arising from mobile phone thefts.  Robbery case dismissed and defendant received an absolute discharge for an offence of common assault.
  • R v H: Conspiracy to avoid payment of excise revenue.  Representation of a client charged as part of a multi defendant conspiracy investigated by HMRC and involving millions of pounds in evaded excise duty.  Defendant also charged with misfeasance in public office.
  • R v A: Conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud involving the use of mortgage fraud to launder proceeds of alleged vehicle and drug crime.  Representation throughout trial and with regard to Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 proceedings.
  • R v S: Representing the former partner of a defendant convicted of murder involving an infamous drug/gangland shooting in Birmingham, in which the defendant was alleged to have assisted one of the key parties involved.
  • R v K: Representing professional client accused of causing death by dangerous driving arising from a road traffic collision.
  • R v U: Defence of company accused of breaches of Environmental Health Legislation giving rise to a significant injury to a member of the work force resulting in partial amputation.
  • R v SSW: Defence of company alleged to have breached Environmental Permitting Regulations on multiple occasions with significant impact on the quality of the water supply at the locale.
  • R v S: representing defendant charged with manslaughter, arson being reckless as to endangerment of life and production of controlled drugs arising from an explosion within domestic premises used for production of drugs.

Languages

British Sign Language, Level 2.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud

Tuckers Solicitors has a strong national profile. Senior partner James Turner has considerable expertise in defending allegations of fraud and white collar crime, while Sharon Bailey, who is a solicitor-advocate, is also well regarded for her work in defending business crime.

West Midlands > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

Tuckers Solicitors has a strong national brand and is recommended for its work in fraud and general crime. James Turner is a senior partner who is skilled in all aspects of criminal proceedings. Kate Scully now manages the police station department following the departure of Arvind Sharma.