James first came to the firm on work experience in 2010 and has interned here each summer since. Having completed his studies he then returned to work at the firm full time as a Trainee Solicitor and completed his Training Contract in June 2018.
James was kept on by the firm as a Solicitor and practices primarily alongside Martin Cray in the firm’s contentious litigation department.
James has since been awarded his higher rights of audience in criminal proceedings and is therefore able to appear before the Crown Court and Court of Appeal in Criminal law matters.
Since qualification – James has appeared regularly before the Magistrates court, County Court and Crown Court in a variety of matters.
James graduated his Undergraduate law degree from the University of Sussex in 2014 with honours.
He then received a Chancellor’s Scholarship to study for a Master’s degree in International Criminal Law, also at the University of Sussex. James graduated his Master’s degree in 2016 and has since completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law.
James was a finalist in the University of Sussex criminal advocacy competition and volunteered at the Royal Courts of Justice Support Unit.
Outside of work James enjoys cooking, sailing and playing cricket.
James is also a graduate mentor of the University of Sussex’s senior Criminal Advocacy team.
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The team here at Martin Cray & Co have continued to find ways to protect the interests of our clients during this lockdown period. The team – led by Martin Cray himself – successfully applied to the High Court for a Worldwide Freezing Injunction in order to protect our clients interest in a high value…Read More
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