Mr James Mulholland QC > Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of John Price QC and Cairns Nelson QC
23 Essex Street
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James Mulholland QC is a specialist trial advocate who both defends and prosecutes nationwide with vast experience in all areas of serious and complex crime including murder, manslaughter, child sexual abuse and large scale fraud. He also acts in regulatory matters representing individuals and organisations in front of their disciplinary bodies. Many of his cases are widely reported in the media.

He has a particular interest in complex fraud having prosecuted for the Serious Fraud Office for many years and has considerable expertise in dealing with different types of fraudulent conduct within various industries. He has dealt with numerous Very High Cost Cases (VHCCs). He is also an expert on money laundering, financial restraint, asset forfeiture and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

He is recognised as being a formidable advocate whose legal knowledge, incisive cross-examination and powerful speeches guarantee the best prospect of success for every client.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

For such a large set of chambers, 23 Essex Streetmanages to maintain consistent quality throughout’. The set’s ‘reputation as a leading criminal law set is well deserved’ with ‘an impressive depth across the junior ranks’. In recent chambers news, James Mulholland QC has been elected vice chair of the Criminal Bar Association and Sarah Morris, formerly of 2 King’s Bench Walk, joined chambers in September 2019. The addition of ‘excellent’ chambers director Wayne King to the ‘efficient’ clerking team has been ‘positively received’ by clients. ‘The clerking team is always pleasant to deal with and always constructive should any problems arise. They go the extra mile to assist.’ London-based senior crime clerk Adam Chapman ‘definitely stands out’ as he ‘really understands the cases and is able to recommend who would be best counsel with an informed suggestion’. Jack Shah, first criminal junior in London, is also highly rated by instructing solicitors. The names to note in Manchester are senior crime clerk Sean Hulston, deputy senior clerk Kevin Ambridge, and senior commercial clerk Colin Perrin. Offices in: London and Manchester

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

James Mulholland QC23 Essex StreetApproachable, hardworking and sensible.