James Elvidge - barrister


JAMES ELVIDGE

 

Called : 2010

 

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

Before joining the Bar, James qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and as a Solicitor-Advocate with higher rights in 2009. Working independently, James developed an extensive and varied Crown Court practice. He is instructed as both a leading and led advocate and has worked with a number of the best silks and juniors in the profession. James is an experienced and able advocate and has a reputation for great jury rapport. He is experienced across the full gamut of criminal trials including, inter alia, murder, violent assaults and public disorder, large-scale drug conspiracies, complex fraud, firearms, sexual offences and regulatory crime.

As a solicitor, James worked for a number of leading criminal law firms in London with a reputation as a rigorous and meticulous litigator. He is therefore au fait with the needs and demands placed upon his professional clients and works closely with them to ensure their client’s case is presented to the highest standard.

No matter how daunting the prosecution case appears, James prides himself on standing shoulder to shoulder with his lay clients, developing close professional relationships whilst fearlessly pursing their defence.

SELECTION OF NOTABLE CASES

Murder and Associated Crime

R v S – Birmingham Crown Court (2016, led by Michael Bromley-Martin QC)
Get away driver acquitted of murder.
http://tinyurl.com/jjrd8je

R v H – Blackfriars Crown Court (2016)
Defendant associated with the unlawful disposal of victim.
http://tinyurl.com/hztt3my

R v D – Southwark Crown Court (2015, led by David Batcup)
Murder of victim by being thrown from the top story of a block of flats.

R v T – Central Criminal Court (2015, led by Abbas Lakha QC)
Joint enterprise murder (one of the first cases to be heard on appeal post R v Jogee).
http://tinyurl.com/glqvxh8

R v E – Central Criminal Court (2014, led by Michael Bromley-Martin QC)
Attempted murder of NCA officer by Turkish gang. Defendant acquitted despite being positively identified by an NCA officer.
http://tinyurl.com/gwkmyj9

R v M – Central Criminal Court (2014, led by Michael Holland Q)
Murder acquittal for vulnerable defendant who admitted stabbing her boyfriend.

R v M – Central Criminal Court (2014, led by Michael Bromley-Martin QC)
Turkish gang murder. Represented the alleged gunman driven by the defendant in R v S (below) Acquited.
http://tinyurl.com/z7e7j6g

R v F – Central Criminal Court (2014, led by Michael Bromley-Martin QC)
Successful use of the new (at the time) defence allowing home occupiers to use excessive force that results in death.

R v N – Southwark Crown Court (2014, led by Jeremy Carter-Manning QC)
Defendant acquitted of murder although actively involved in the assault of the victim.

R v A – Central Criminal Court (2014, led by Michael Bromley-Martin QC)
Turkish gang realted multi-handed murder trial (reported appeal, Lunkulu and Ors v R [2015] EWCA Crim 1350)
http://tinyurl.com/h8qcuh9

R v T – Central Criminal Court (2013, led by Abbas Lakha QC)
Succesful acquital of defendant following cut throat by co-defendant.

R v K – Central Criminal Court (2013, led by Brian O’Neil QC )
Trial and retrial for the Attempted murder of a rival Turkish gang member.

R v S – Central Criminal Court (2013, led by Michael Bromley-Martin QC)
Turkish internecine gang murder. Defendant acquitted despite admitting driving gunmen to and from scene.
http://tinyurl.com/h5khjx9

R v J – Central Criminal Court (2012, led by Michael Bromley-Martin QC)
The Boxing Day murder in the Footlocker store on Oxford Street. Successful acquittal pleading self-defence notwithstanding the fact that the defendant admitting carrying a knife.
http://tinyurl.com/zvh2rvp

R v C – Birmingham Crown Court (2012, led by Michael Bromley-Martin QC)
Multi-handed conspiracy to murder requiring jury and witness anonymity. Defendant acquitted of perverting the course of justice following successful half-time submission.
http://tinyurl.com/hcdzjlj

R v A – Kingston Crown Court (2011, led by David Batcup)
Turkish gang related attempted murder of a rival by shooting.
http://tinyurl.com/j939d8q

R v T – Central Criminal Court (2010/2011, led by Michael Bromley-martin QC)
‘Peckham Boys’ gang member accused of two separate contract killings and GBH. Acquitted of murder following a re-trial that saw detailed legal argument about abuse of process and RIPA 2000 applications.
http://tinyurl.com/zd7q73d

Drugs

R v S – Southwark Crown Court (2016)
Conspiracy to supply in excess of 30kg of cocaine

R v P – Kingston Crown Court (2016)
Conspiracy to supply in excess of 100kg of cocaine

R v S – St Albans Crown Court (2013)
Large-scale importation of cutting agents for use with Class A drugs.

R v A – Blackfriars Crown Court (2012)
Defendant acquitted of possession with intent to supply 5kg of cocaine following successful submission of no case to answer regarding the legal definition of ‘possession’.

R v M – Kingston Crown Court (2011, led by Michael Bromley-Martin QC)
Conspiracy to supply ship borne cocaine with a street value of £1 Billion. M acquitted following extensive legal argument.

R v M – Snaresbrook Crown Court (2010)
Conspiracy to supply approximately 40kg of cocaine.

Regulatory

R v E – Basildon Crown Court (2011)
Environmental Agency prosecution regarding EU waste shipment regulations. Interlocutory appeal as to the mens rea required.

Fraud / Theft

R v Li – Basildon Crown Court (2016)

Illegal importation of cigarettes valued in excess of £10mil. Defendant acquitted.

R v W – Kingston Crown Court (2016)

Large scale theft of gold bullion.

R v K – Harrow Crown Court (2015)
‘Cash for Crash’ conspriracy. Defendant acquitted.

R v O – Blackfriars Crown Court (2015)
Large scale mobile phone fraud. Defendant acquitted.

R v C – Central Criminal Court (2015, led by Abbas Lakha QC)
Multi million pound en primeur wine fraud.

R v C – Harrow Crown Court (2013/2014, led by Annette Henry QC)
Multi-handed immigration fraud that required three trials before verdicts. Defendant only acquittal from eight defendants.

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