James is a solicitor advocate with considerable skill. A highly experienced lawyer, James has spent over 20 years specialising in criminal law during which time included being a founding partner of a specialist criminal defence firm in Oxford. James specialises in Conspiracies. His practice encompasses Financial White-Collar Fraud, Proceeds of Crime Offences, Sexual Offences, Large Scale drug offences, Firearms offences and Murder. James frequently conducts trials in the Crown Court and proceedings in the Court of Appeal and High Court. James often co-defends alongside Queen’s Counsel and in multi-handed, complex cases.
James has a natural ability for advocacy and his down to earth manner enables him to build a connection with juries and present his client’s cases skilfully. He has established a reputation for hard work, meticulous preparation and a no-nonsense but courteous approach to all cases he deals with.
James has been instructed in some of the most serious cases heard in the Crown Court
R v C 2021 Fraudulent Evasion of Duty case involving almost £500,000 before the Southwark Crown Court
R V A 'Encro Chat case' large scale conspiracy to import class a kingston crown court
R V H 'Encro Chat case' large scale conspiracy to import 70 kg Class A Luton Crown Court
R V F and others conspiracy to Purvert the Course of Justice
R v H (2021) Murder at the Old Bailey.
R v S -(2021) Conspiracy to Rob
Appeal of S (2020) - Multi handed Murder conviction quashed.
R v D -( 2020) Firearms conspiracy- defendant acquitted of all defended counts on the indictment.
R v S (2019) – Woolwich Crown Court – the last defendant’s facing trial regarding the ‘Hatton Garden Robbery’ which is still the largest burglary in British History (in excess of £14 million)– a much publicised case attracting national and international attention. Co-defending alongside Queen’s Counsel.
R v B (2018) - Slavery trial - Oxford Crown Court - complex case multi handed case– co-defending alongside Queen’s Counsel. The client raised a statutory defence under section 45 of the Modern Slavery Act raised which resulted in the defendant being acquitted of all counts at the close of the prosecution case.
R v S (2018) – 10 handed defendant murder trial– Oxford Crown Court – co-defended alongside Queen’s Counsel.
R v SZ (2018) – multi handed murder heard at the Old Bailey – co-defended alongside Queen’s Counsel
R v A (2018) – causing death by dangerous driving trial – Woodgreen Crown Court
R v B (2017) – Possession with intent to supply 10kg of cocaine – Oxford Crown Court
R v M (2013) – nationwide cannabis factory conspiracy and money laundering (in excess of £4million) – co-defended alongside Queen’s Counsel.
R v P&R (2012) (Court of Appeal) The Court of Appeal – leading case regarding requisite mens rea for Procceeds of Crime Act on the basis that the defendants did not possess the requisite mens rea for attempting to commit the offence
"Whilst the whole team at Lewis Nedas dedicated a lot of time in my case, my thanks and appreciate goes to James Reilly. In a complex case over 4 years for a conspiracy including four other co defendants, without James Reilly's time and attention to detail my 'not guilty' verdict would not have been possible. The whole trial lasted for 9 weeks and without the reassurance and professionalism of James Reilly I do not think I would have been mentally capable of proving my innocence. Whilst I cannot thank enough the whole team at Lewis Nedas for all the their hard work, my heart felt thanks go to James Reilly a true gentleman with a passion for his profession."
"Nothing was too much trouble; even though they are based in London, their availability at all times of the week, even at weekends and after office hours, was unparalleled. They are not just excellent lawyers but also decent caring people and I cannot thank them enough for the work they have done and for the support that they gave to us during the worst time of our lives."
"I made contact with Sean Reilly and James Reilly and was impressed by their knowledge of the scrap industry, the undercover officers, and the way in which the State prosecuted these types of cases. I found them to be very positive and understanding and was reassured by their sympathetic view of our case and the terrible effect it had on me and my family. Their professionalism and expertise is, in my opinion, unparalleled but that pales into insignificance when you compare it to the support and compassion that they offered to myself, my wife and my children."
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“I was put in touch with Lewis Nedas Law through a mutual friend and I was not disappointed. The team were nothing but straight forward, honest and realistic about the nature of my case and the expected outcome from the minute I got in contact and were willing to take over from the previous company at very short notice. With their unrivalled experience and expertise in their profession the outcome was even better than expected and I couldn’t recommend them enough.”