James Hines practises in crime, commercial fraud and extradition, principally defending. With 30 years of experience he specialises in cases that have both criminal and commercial/civil aspects — particularly those with an international element.
In 2012, Hines represented Silvio Berlusconi by live television link from London to his trial in Milan for offences of making corrupt payments to David Mills, a UK-based solicitor.
He is currently instructed by the Serious Fraud Office to advise on any criminal conduct arising out of LIBOR manipulation.
Hines has defended in numerous SFO trials. He recently represented Andrew Rybak at Southwark Crown Court who was accused of international bribery and corruption in the procurement of very large oil and gas construction contracts in Russia.
He has defended in several insider dealing cases, in 2009 in the FSA prosecution of Mr Uberoi, and in 2005 in Butt and others, which involved spread betting.
Hines is also instructed by the Office of Fair Trading on cartel matters.
In crime he has acted as both leading and junior counsel in all areas including international money laundering, corruption, historic rape cases, murder, robbery and drugs.
Hines is currently instructed to represent Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective at the centre of the NOTW phone-hacking scandal.
He has appeared in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords for Greenpeace activists and other peace protesters on issued of customary international law and the legality of the war in Iraq.
In April this year Hines represented prison governor Charalambous during the inquest of Miss Beswick, an inmate who died at HM Prison Send in 2010.
Hines has been practising in the field of extradition for more than 30 years and has appeared for foreign governments and fugitives in courts at all levels. Notable cases include Bermingham, Derby and Mulgrew ‘The Nat West Three’ in respect of their extradition and judicial review of the Serious Fraud Office. He also appeared in the Tollman case.
He has a wealth of experience representing police officers in the Crown Court and in disciplinary proceedings.
His commercial experience includes appearances before the Commercial Court and in the Court of Appeal Civil division on issues of contempt of court, self-incrimination and the extent of the Bayer v Winter jurisdiction.
In the QBD he has appeared against SOCA in respect of Civil Recovery of proceeds of crime, recently arguing abuse/double jeopardy.
He regularly provides strategic advice to clients during the investigation stage. Examples include the failed military coup in Equatorial Guinea, political corruption in the Caribbean and proceedings before the Austrian court.
Hines specialises in acting for third parties in respect of witness summons, SFO s.2 notices and international co-operation (MLA). For some years he acted as outside criminal counsel for Microsoft, advising on disclosure duties in large-scale fraud and counterfeiting cases and co-ordinating with prosecuting authorities across the UK.
He is experienced in licensing cases involving liquor, public entertainment, betting and gaming and casino cases both at first instance and on appeal.
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