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:

“I recently instructed Jim on a complicated multi million pound tax fraud trial. Jim mastered the complicated brief extremely quickly as well as dealing enormously skilfully with very difficult evidence served very late by the CPS. His attention to detail, advocacy and client care were nothing short of magnificent. A rare talent.” [Feb 2019 - John Goodwin, Head of Crime, Fraud & Regulatory, Cohen Cramer 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