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James Fletcher

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5 St Andrews Hill (Chambers of David Josse QC)

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


James Fletcher practises in both civil and criminal law. He is a specialist in Asset Recovery and Proceeds of Crime work. He is instructed on behalf of businesses, by individual members of the public and by Government departments.

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.

"He is very creative," and "a very bright, hard-working lawyer who is consistently busy."

Chambers and Partners 2018.

"He's excellent - he's very bright, thorough, pleasant and good to work with."

Chambers and Partners 2017.

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

  • Advising a company on debt recovery.
  • Advising on personal insolvency issues.
  • Drafting Court documents and advising a landlord in civil proceedings. 


James was called to the Bar in 2000.
“A” panel for the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). 
Attorney General's "B" list of panel advocates for civil litigation.
Grade 3 Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
CPS specialist list for Proceeds of Crime.
CPS specialist list for Fraud and Organised Crime.


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

London Bar

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

Within: Leading Juniors

James Fletcher - 5 St Andrews Hill ‘ A very persuasive advocate in court. ’

Within: Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

5 St Andrews Hill's team counts confiscation cases as a backbone of its POCA practice. Gary Pons appeared in the Court of Appeal in R v Moss, a case that considered whether a domestic confiscation order could be enforced in an EU member state. The key issues of the case were whether a certificate could be applied to a confiscation order issued before the Criminal Justice and Data Protection (Protocol No. 36) Regulations came into force in 2014, and secondly, whether the asset in question would need to be traceable proceeds of crime. Recommended for confiscation orders in relation to fraud and matrimonial work, Sarah Wood represented the wife of Tom Hayes, the UBS trader convicted of manipulating Libor in 2015, in her section 10A application before Cooke J, while James Fletcher represented Mr Hayes in the appeal against the confiscation of their home by seeking to argue that the joint purchase of the marital home had not been a tainted gift.

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