James O'Hara


James is a qualified solicitor (Higher Rights) and Partner.


James has extensive experience in defending those charged with serious fraud offences.  He has defended cases brought and prosecuted by HMRC, DWP, NCA, SFO, and Trading Standards amongst others.  James is an expert in confiscation proceedings, and is the co-author of ‘The Confiscation Handbook’, published by Sweet and Maxwell, which can be purchased here: The Confiscation Handbook.


In addition to fraud offences, James has defended the most serious cases including those of unexplained harm to children, and drug importation.


Recent WORK:


Fraud & Confiscation:


R v Q (2019) – Acted for the most significant cybercrime offender the National Crime Agency has investigated https://news.sky.com/story/zain-qaiser-hacker-who-blackmailed-porn-viewers-told-to-sell-rolex-and-repay-270k-11882271

R  v  B and Ors (2019): http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/prof-green-tax-swindler/


R v G (2019): Confiscation proceedings in the region of £40m arising from prosecution of James Ibori, a Nigerian state governor.

R v Xu (2018): https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/20/hedge-funds-fail-to-stop-billion-dollar-brain-city-analysts-deportation


R v B (2016): https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/22/flying-dutchman-caught-on-toilet-faces-jail-over-24m-cocaine-deal


R  v  B (2015): MTIC Fraud, alleged criminal benefit of £21.4m.  Benefit reduced to £190k after argument.


R  v  S (2014):  Nominal Order of £1, Crown having asserted 'Hidden Assets'​ of circa £200k.

R v E (2013):  Conspiracy with intent to supply Class A.  Crown asserted Benefit Figure of circa £350k.  Custodian argument proposed and Confiscation dropped entirely against D.


R v R (2010): Provided assistance to client to allow him to satisfy an Order which contained 'hidden assets'​. Client was permitted to make cash payment (his hidden assets) to satisfy the Order following agreement with CPS despite being under a Serious Crime Prevention Order imposed by SOCA.

Murder and Offences Against Children:


James is acutely aware of the significant pressure those charged with the most serious of crimes are placed under.  Over recent years he has built up a network of experts who are regularly instructed to provide opinions in some of the most challenging cases.  He has particular expertise in cases involving unexplained child death and will leave no stone unturned in seeking to establish the truth and to secure an acquittal. 


R v G (2016): Representing client charged with child cruelty and covering who for her partner who allegedly murdered their child. [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3565542/How-Jennie-Gray-s-irrational-devotion-Ben-Butler-led-covering-murder.html ]


R v H (2015): Mother and father jointly charged with assaulting their daughter.  Prosecution dropped after obtaining expert report providing an additional, legitimate, plausible reason for the injuries.


R v A (2012):  Representing client charged with three others of murder. [ https://metro.co.uk/2012/07/13/dagazau-ali-jailed-for-cowardly-murder-of-jerry-iyiku-493619/ ]


R v W (2014): Representing client charged with murder of 1 year old son. [https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2514564/Mother-Emma-Wilson-took-pictures-babys-injuries-murdering-him.html ]




R v N (2017): Representing client convicted on a 28 count indictment including indecent assault of a child, rape, controlling of prostitution and money laundering. Dealing with issues arising from appointment of receivers over £3 million property portfolio.

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