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

1 Gray\'s Inn Square


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

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

James Bloomer23ES

23ES is ‘one of the largest criminal sets with a wide pool of counsel at all levels’. Kate Lumsdon KC successfully prosecuted a man who murdered his girlfriend in a room at the Holiday Inn in Greenwich. James Bloomer successfully defended a man against allegations of sexual abuse of his niece five decades earlier. Alan Gardner KC and Nathan Rasiah KC took silk in March 2022.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

James Bloomer – 23ES ‘James prepares cases meticulously. He has excellent client care.’