James Hines QC > Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Lewis QC & Hugo Keith QC
Three Raymond Buildings



James Hines QC acts in major international fraud, crime and extradition, both prosecuting and defending. His experience, versatility and judgement are highly sought after. James recently returned from two months in the Cayman Islands where he was prosecuting the former Treasurer and General Secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association, accused of corruption, false accounting and money laundering.


In crime he has acted in all areas including, murder, robbery, corruption, drugs etc. and recently in Bitcoin cases. He has advised and acted in private prosecutions and for some years was outside criminal counsel for the Microsoft Corporation.


In 2019/2020 James travelled to the Cayman Islands to assist with the Island’s response to the CFATF, and he prosecuted 5 defendants in relation to smuggling US$7m of raw Venezuelan gold on a private jet as an exercise in Money Laundering.


James has acted in numerous SFO, FCA and CMA cases. For 25 years he almost exclusively appeared for the defence. In April 2015 he was instructed to lead for the prosecution in the SFO US$ LIBOR trial of Barclay employees.


James has extensive experience representing police officers in death in custody, corruption, misconduct cases and at trial.


He is known for his phenomenal ability and knowledge, his intelligent advocacy and his commanding court presence. Recognised as a Leading silk in International Crime/ Extradition. Notable clients include ‘the Nat West three’ and Silvio Berlusconi.


Called 1982, Silk 2015. Bar Council Ethics Committee, Vice Chair (crime), Gray’s Inn Bencher.


European Criminal Bar Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Fraud Lawyers’ Association (committee member); Private Prosecutors Association; Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum; Extradition Lawyers Association


BA Hons Law.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

James Hines QCThree Raymond BuildingsGreat advocate, who is at home with the most complex cases.

Three Raymond Buildings ‘boasts a breadth and depth of business crime lawyers’, who have a wealth of experience of investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of bribery and corruption, corporate fraud, and anti-competitive conduct, among other offences. Chambers’ notable workload includes some of the most closely-watched SFO investigations over the years in sectors such as manufacturing and mining; Hugo Keith QC is highly regarded in this space, while Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC and James Hines QC are also appointed to the SFO’s panel of silks. The set is also routinely instructed with respect to significant multi-jurisdictional issues, such as violations of international economic sanctions regimes, an area in which Rachel Barnes has niche expertise. In addition to their advocacy skills, multiple members, including Patrick Gibbs QC and Ben Summers, are also well-versed in advisory and compliance work for both companies and individuals relating to potential exposure to risk or criminal liability. Summers returned from a 17-month secondment at Hogan Lovells International LLP in August 2021. Alexander Cameron QC retired in November 2020.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

James Hines QCThree Raymond BuildingsHis advocacy demonstrates a real depth of understanding in extradition but very much assisted by his criminal work as well. He is a well-respected, calm and authoritative advocate with whom it is a real pleasure to work.