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



James is an experienced Leading Junior, with a heavyweight and complex practice for his call. Whilst the majority of his work has, for some years, been in Hampshire and Surrey, he continues to practice over a wider geographical area.

He has a particular specialism in defending those with complex mental health problems and/or learning difficulties charged with serious offences; an area calling for a particular blend of approachable, patient, careful client-facing skills, plus the robust forensic skills and diligence solicitors have come to know him for, over a period of years.

Current instructions include 2 multi-defendant paedophile ring allegations, 2 separate allegations of attempted murder (one as Leading Junior, and one alone), a baby-shaking, allegations of rape by an 11 year old, and numerous cases involving large scale dishonesty, kidnapping, serious violence of every kind and serious sexual allegations.

Although the overwhelming majority of his practice has long been in defence work, James has also prosecuted for the Crown Prosecution Service, the Department of Work and Pensions, and various Borough Councils.


Called 2000.


Criminal Bar Association, South Eastern Circuit.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

James Bloomer23ESMeticulous and details orientated but a fierce advocate in his clients’ interests – a highly impressive barrister, never to be underestimated.

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

James Bloomer23ES

At 23ES, recent case highlights include Kate Lumsdon QC prosecuting Daniel Styles who was convicted of the murder of a vulnerable alcoholic who he had allowed to stay at his home during lockdown. Eloise Marshall QC is instructed in high-profile cases of murder, people trafficking and serious sexual offences; James Bloomer is sought after for his expertise in representing vulnerable defendants charged with serious offences; and Alan Gardner prosecutes and defends in cases involving complex fraud, organised crime, murder and serious sexual offences, including large-scale child sexual abuse cases.