Mr James Newton-Price QC > Chambers of Oba Nsugbe QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Oba Nsugbe QC
Pump Court Chambers


James Newton-Price QC has a busy practice with particular experience in cases of murder, child abuse and sexual offences. Since taking silk in 2018, he has been instructed in a series of high profile murder trials. He defended in R v Nicholson (2019), acting for the defendant in a difficult and sensitive case concerning the sexual abuse and murder of a 13 year old girl. His closing speech featured in Channel 4 documentary. In 2020, he secured the acquittal of a 15 year old who was charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a 17 year old boy. He defended in a drugs related firearms murder trial in early 2021. He is regularly instructed by the Prosecution and has secured convictions in cases concerning the death of a baby (R v Davies 2018) and the sadistic murder of a 16 year old girl in horrific circumstances (R v Mays 2020) both of which attracted extensive media coverage. He has expertise in presenting complex mobile telephone, forensic scientific and medical evidence. He defends in Court-Martial trials.


Called Middle Temple 1992. Head of the Criminal & Regulatory Team at Pump Court Chambers since 2010. Appointed a Recorder in 2017 and QC in 2018. He sits on professional conduct hearings for the Health & Care Professionals Tribunals Service (HCPTS) and for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).


The Western Circuit, the Criminal Bar Association, The Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


BA (Honours), University of Oxford. Diploma in Law, City University, London.


Time off and holidays with his family and following Fulham FC.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Newton-Price QC – Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers in Winchester is ‘a strong, well organised criminal set‘ with ‘very good strength in depth‘ and ‘first-class counsel‘. James Newton-Price QC successfully prosecuted a man who was convicted of the murder of his wife’s 16-year-old niece. Sarah Jones QC is ‘a powerful advocate‘, and has expertise in cases of serious violence and sexual offences, and is noted for her strength in Court Martial cases. At the junior end, Mark Ruffell is sought after for his experience in prosecuting multi-handed drugs conspiracies, while rising star Alejandra Llorente Tascon is ‘fearless in advancing the cause of her clients but eminently sensible and realistic in the advice that she gives to the lay client‘.