Mr James McCrindell > 23ES > London, England > Lawyer Profile



James McCrindell has been in practice exclusively as a criminal barrister since being called to the bar in 1993. He has extensive experience of defending individuals accused of the whole range of criminal offences including homicide and serious violence, sexual offences, robbery and firearms, serious fraud and organised crime, drugs, public order and driving offences. He has been led by Queen’s Counsel in the most grave and complex cases including murder cases at the Old Bailey and has been instructed as a leading junior. As a junior alone he has defended in cases alleging offences of attempted murder.

He has considerable experience in the Court of Appeal. He was counsel for the Appellant in Hamer reported at [2010] WLR (D) 235 and Archbold Review 4 November 2010 which held that a fixed penalty notice issued pursuant to s.2 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2010 could not be regarded as evidence which impugned the character of the defendant or admitted as such. He was also counsel for the Applicant in Duggan reported at [2006] 1 Cr. App. R. 3, a case involving a number of joined appeals which concerned a variety of issues relating to the use of bad character evidence in criminal trials and which gives guidance on how juries should be directed in respect of bad character evidence.

He is also instructed to appear at Inquests and Parole Board hearings and can always be approached by solicitors at any stage of a case for advice.


Criminal Bar Association, Honourable Society of the Middle Temple Benefactors Scholar, Blackstone Major Entrance Exhibitioner.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

23 Essex Street ‘has an extremely good reputation in the field of fraud‘, and is consequently known for ‘skilled and diligent‘ representation of clients in major fraud cases, ranging from Ponzi schemes to boiler room fraud, money laundering, and tax and election fraud, both prosecuting and defending. Recent matters include James McCrindell, who defended in an election fraud case involving obtaining signatures by claiming to represent other parties; the matter was one of the first cases heard in a Nightingale Court. Mark Fenhalls QC  prosecuted the operator of a foreign exchange Ponzi scheme. Cairns Nelson QC, who is representing a former football executive accused of alleged theft of money from CONCACAF, the North American and Central American football governing body, is one of several members with connections in the Cayman Islands.