Practice areas

Crime, Civil

Year of call: 1994

James Kirby is predominantly a criminal practitioner, specialising in homicide, serious violence, fraud, drug importations and cases requiring technical or scientific knowledge, such as firearms conversion or computer fraud.

His reported cases in the Court of Appeal range from causation in murder, to informers, interpretation of the Medicines Act, failures of disclosure, and hostile witnesses.

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James was, for many years, an advocacy trainer for Gray’s Inn, and produced a number of programmes for Legal Network Television, on topics such as confiscation orders, computer crime, and motoring offences. He advised BBC’s Rough Justice programme on a miscarriage of justice, since overturned at the Court of Appeal.

He is currently Senior Lecturer in criminal law at the University of Portsmouth, also teaching expert testimony, and evidence.

He has published articles in the New Law Journal and Counsel magazine.