All Barristers

James Varley

Year called:


James defends and prosecutes cases of all types, including allegations of serious violence, drugs, fraud, rape and sexual assault.

He has particular expertise in dealing with computer related evidence, both when dealing with indecent image cases, sexual grooming and incitement offences, and also in large scale frauds.

He is also regarded as an effective yet sensitive advocate, who has been regularly instructed to deal with so called “honour crimes”, and other matters that involve delicate issues.

In addition to the above he regularly advises the Leicestershire County Council Legal Services Department on matters of law, and particularly in relation to the Freedom of Information Act, the Data Protection Act, and difficulties arising from the competing duties of confidentiality and disclosure. He also prosecutes for Leicestershire Trading Standards Department.

Recent cases include:


R v Horne and others. 8 handed cash in transit robbery and laundering the proceeds.

R v Underwood & others. Two separate conspiracies to burgle commercial premises and steal the ATMs.

R v Gask. Arson recklessly endangering life.

R v C. Historic rape and sexual abuse of step daughters.

R v Peers. Use of the internet and webcams to sexually abuse girls as young as 12, involving filming them performing sexual and violent acts.

R v Hussain & Others. 7 handed conspiracy to import 650 kilos of cannabis resin.


Operation Schnorbitz. Multi handed car ringing case, where cars sold on ebay. Case revolved around evidence recovered from 5 different computers.

R v Kaysath and Taylor. Sham marriage case.

R v McMurchie & others. Theft by managing director of a large company. Involving falsification of company stock records, purchase ledgers, invoices and delivery notes.

Operation Rainbow. Junior in 16 handed “honour crime” kidnap and false imprisonment of young girl, by her own family for cultural reasons