James Fletcher > Chambers of David Josse KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Josse KC
5 St Andrews Hill

Work Department

James practises in crime and business crime, asset recovery, civil fraud & confiscation, immigration and judicial review & public law.


James practises in both civil and criminal law. He is a specialist in Asset Recovery and Proceeds of Crime work. He has significant expertise in dealing with Account Freezing and Forfeiture applications. He is instructed on behalf of businesses, by individual members of the public and by Government departments.

This year he has acted for both the HMRC and the NCA in their first contested applications for Account Forfeiture Orders, assisted a client to obtain the return of sums frozen pursuant to an Account Freezing Order and provided advice to a foreign national on Unexplained Wealth Orders.

He has been featured in Chambers and Partners in the field of Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture work (all circuits) since 2014 and has been “Top Ranked” since 2016.

Feedback on James Fletcher from the Legal Directories:

‘ James is unfailingly polite and a pleasure to work with. He is extremely bright and very capable. ’

The Legal 500 2022.

‘His knowledge of and familiarity with how POCA powers are deployed across the range of enforcement authorities is invaluable.’

The Legal 500 2021.

“He’s very good and very practical.”

Chambers and Partners 2020.

‘ A very persuasive advocate in court. ’

The Legal 500 2020.

James is ranked as a tier 2 leading individual in the Legal 500 for POCA and asset forfeiture (London Bar). He is also ranked in Who’s Who at the UK Bar (2017 & 2018 Edition) in the field of criminal fraud work.

James is qualified to receive instructions directly from members of the public.  He is qualified to conduct litigation. Recent cases include:


Advising on Restraint Proceedings.

Advising on third party intervention at confiscation.



  • James was called to the Bar in 2000.
  • Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel: A Panel.
  • Grade 3 Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
  • CPS specialist list for Proceeds of Crime: Grade 3.
  • CPS specialist list for Fraud and Serious Crime: Grade 3.


  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
  • Fraud Lawyers Association.
  • International Bar Association.
  • Cybercrime Lawyers Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

James Fletcher5 St Andrews HillHe is excellent. He is very thorough in his preparation, a great eye for detail and presents well in court.

With ‘a number of excellent practitioners in this field‘, the set at 5 St Andrews Hill often deals with account freezing and forfeiture orders, investigation orders and warrants, and unexplained wealth orders, acting on behalf of applicants and respondents alike. Andrew Bird KC – who took silk in 2021 and leads the POCA team – acted for the SFO in R v Petrofac Limited, confiscation proceedings surrounding property obtained as a result of an international bribery scheme surmounting £22 million. Representing the NCA, James Fletcher was successful in enforcement proceedings by achieving final charging orders over land connected to income from criminal conduct. In addition, Gary Pons was instructed by the SFO in relation to a £40 million confiscation order in the Gerald Smith case.