James Tilbury

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A calm, measured defence advocate who specialises in serious fraud and heavy organised crime.

His practice includes the robust defence of various professionals and busi-nessmen ranging from Company Directors to Detective Inspectors, en-compassing complex allegations of conspiracy to defraud, fraudulent trad-ing, unfair and misleading commercial practices, money laundering and corruption.

Also enjoys widespread instructions in general organised crime such as al-legations involving “modern slavery”, manslaughter, serious violence and complex drug related matters.

Some recent views from instructing solicitors:

“Hard working. Tactically very astute, extremely skilful in cross examination, and a pleasure to work with“ [2017: Director, Robert Lizar Solicitors Ltd]

“James is an exceptional advocate and tactically very shrewd. He is me-ticulous in his preparation and always puts his clients at ease” [2016: Partner at Forbes Solicitors]

“A joy to work with from the outset. His meticulous attention to the small detail and his forensic ability was second to none. A powerful advocate with his client’s best interests at the forefront” [2016: Kangs Solicitors]

“Outstanding work ethic, client manner and court presence” [2015: Senior Partner at Farleys LLP]

Recent Fraud and Financial Crime cases include:

R v S [July 2017 CCC] instructed by Lizar solicitors to represent trustee of a well known charity facing allegations of serious fraud.

R v B [Sept.-Dec. 2016] instructed by Hussain solicitors as junior counsel for chartered surveyor in complex allegations of conspiracy to defraud the Home Office.

R v Evans [May-June 2014 and Sept 2015 -January 2016]: instructed by Kangs Solicitors to represent a Company Director facing complex and vo-luminous allegations of fraudulent trading and unfair/misleading commer-cial practices, in what has been described as the UK’s “longest ever” Trad-ing Standards prosecution

R v Hoole [Sept 2014-December 2014]: instructed by Farleys LLP, as junior counsel for independent financial advisor in complex HMRC pen-sion fraud involving a novel “SIPP” scheme; acquitted at half time after a 4 month trial

R v Ross [2012]: allegations of internal fraud by CFO of private media company

R v Ali [2011]: junior counsel in novel £6.5 million private prosecution by Virgin Media involving the global manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit hi-tech equipment


Recent General and Organised Crime cases include:

R v Hussain [May 2017] Operation Granthall; multi handed allegations of conspiracy to supply class A drugs

R v Clarke [Jan.-Feb. 2017] secured acquittal in muti handed drugs conspiracy "Operation Typhoon" after 5 week trial

R v Zafar [May-June 2016]: instructed by Forbes Solicitors; defendant acquitted by jury after 7 week “modern slavery”  trial

R v Kandare [Nov 2015]: allegations of manslaughter against parents of young child involving novel and complex medical, religious and care is-sues

R v Kulikowski [Feb 2014]: successful defence of young student in multi handed allegations of group violence involving manslaughter

R v Dwyer [Autumn 2013]: junior counsel in gang war murder within Turkish community

R v Birch [Winter 2013]: large scale Class A and B drugs conspiracy within haulage industry

R v Mouncher [Autumn 2011]: junior counsel for first defendant, a senior police officer who led the investigation for the original “Lynette White” murder; subsequent trial of original investigating officers described as the UK’s “largest ever conspiracy to pervert the course of justice”; acquitted after 5 month trial involving over 70,000 pages of evidence and protracted disclosure issues