Member of Chambers Profile

James Dawes

Year of Call: 1993



James will be appointed Queens Counsel on 26 February 2018. 

He has been instructed as a leading junior since 2007.

James has been a member of chambers for 21 years and practises in all areas of criminal law with a particular interest in allegations of organised crime and complicated fraudulent enterprises. James has a mathematical mind and as befits a Physics graduate he retains an interest in recent scientific advances.

James is a Grade 4 prosecutor for the CPS, he is on the CPS Sexual Offences panel, the CPS Fraud panel, the CPS Serious Crime Group Advocacy panel and the CPS Proceeds of Crime panel all at Grade 4.

James has been appointed to the Attorney General’s B list of approved prosecutors for HM’s Revenue and Customs.

James practises in regulatory law having advised defendants and the CPS on criminal prosecution matters under the Insolvency Act 1986, Companies Act 2006, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Medicines Act, Veterinary Medicines Regulations and Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.

James recently advised on the proposed prosecution of an allegation of international prescription drug network and consequent money laundering.

Recent Cases

In 2017, James was leading counsel in the following trials:

R v Bailey Brown and others:  an 8 handed prosecution of a stabbing on an estate in South London.

R v Lowe and others: a 6 handed prosecution of cigarette importation and distribution

R v Adam and others: a 7 handed prosecution of the selling of firearms, silencers and a machine gun with ammunition in East London.

R v Mash and others:  a 5 handed allegation of multi kilo class A drug distribution

R v Ajibola: an attempted murder by shooting in North West London which was made notorious by a youtube video following the verdict.

R v Mombele and Clarke: three stabbings at the Notting Hill Carnival

In 2017, James acted alone in the following trials

R v Weeks: An allegation of police corruption.

R v Fender:  an allegation of the sale of firearms

R v Miah and another: an acid attack in East London

5 rape allegations (names not mentioned here)


In 2016, James was leading counsel in the following trials:

R v Heed and others: a 7 handed carbon credit boiler room fraud

R v Cahvallho and others: a 6 handed possession of firearms with intent allegation.

R v Buner and others: a 3 handed commercial mortgage fraud

R v Panasuik: an 8 handed cigarette importation and distribution case.

R v Lee and others:  Class A drug importation through New York, the Island of St Martin and South Africa.

In 2016, James acted alone in 6 rape allegations (names not mentioned here).