Role: Head of Crown Court

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James Bainbridge crown court solicitor

James Bainbridge is a Senior Associate and Head of Crown Court at Cartwright King.

He was named as a 'Rising Star' in the East Midlands for general crime and fraud by the Legal 500 in their 2024 rankings, with the firm achieving a Tier 1 status, the highest obtainable tier. In previous years James has been awarded 'Recommended Lawyer' in the East Midlands for general crime by Legal 500 in their 2022 rankings.

‘James Bainbridge heads up the Crown Court team. He is an extremely experienced, affable solicitor who deals with difficult or anxious lay clients with aplomb: he is able to establish a good rapport and gain the trust of even the most anxious, nervous or otherwise difficult defendant. James’s cases are always well organised and he shows deft strategic sense in the lines of enquiry pursued on behalf of his client. He has access to experts with extremely impressive CVs and always organises things in a timeous manner.’ - quoted by The Legal 500 2024

Furthermore in the 2024 edition of Chambers and Partners, James was named as a ‘key contact for clients’ and a ‘notable practitioner,' for crime in the the East Midlands.

More About James

I have over 20 years experience advising suspects at the Police Station, along with conducting Crown Court litigation work. What encouraged me to start a career in law was the fact that it’s a varied profession, and I find it interesting.

I feel a great sense of achievement being associated with Cartwright King as I get to work for a profession provider of Criminal Advice and Representation. I also recognise the firm’s core values, but most of all I enjoy working here.

What excites me about my role is the serious, complex and high profile cases I get to deal with, whilst always providing a high quality service with a high level of competency and client care.

In my spare time, I enjoy partaking in sports, especially golf! I also love spending time with my family.

Read what our clients have said about working with James:

  • Professional

    Review Solicitors (March 2024)Very professional and dependable, trustworthy, will not let you down.Kerry
  • Absolutely amazing

    Review Solicitors (November 2023)Honestly, amazing experience with our lawyer Sherena Lawrence. Very professional, knows her stuff, kept us updated instantly, kept us feeling prioritised. We had a positive outcome of our case and I would definitely always use her if possible. Highly recommended.Salah Salem
  • Fantastic, friendly service

    Trustpilot (October 2023)Was in need of a criminal defence solicitor recently , I contacted Cartwright King via there website and received a call from James within hours , visited the office the next day to discuss my case. James was fantastic went over everything in detail and was very clear. Satinder defended our case in court she was fantastic very understanding and to the point , couldn’t thank her enough we where very please with the outcome and the service received. Would definitely use again if we ever need a solicitor in the future Highly recommendCarla Auty

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