James Bieda

Third Six Pupil

James completed his pupillage at another top-ranked criminal set, before diversifying his practice and advocacy experience at the employed Bar. He has now returned to the independent Bar to advance the development of his criminal defence practice.

James also has experience in white collar crime and extradition (predominantly assisting in the representation of ultra-high net worth individuals), professional discipline (primarily sports), and inquiries (James was instructed on both the Undercover Policing Inquiry and the Brook House Inquiry).

James’ aptitude for criminal law was first established at undergraduate level, where he received the R.G. Lawson Award for the highest mark in Criminal Law at the University of Manchester. At postgraduate level he obtained the highest mark in Advanced Criminal Litigation at City, University of London.

Prior to completing the BPTC James lived in New Orleans, where he obtained experience in death row matters. He was involved in the representation of Kevan Brumfield, who following a United States Supreme Court judgment was released from death row. Prior to this, James lived in the Middle East, where he was heavily involved in pro bono work. Due to his contribution to pro bono work, he was awarded the Thomson Reuters Access to Justice Award at the Middle East Legal Awards. James maintains his commitment to pro bono and criminal legal aid work. He is a mentor at Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) and conducts panel interviews on behalf of Amicus.

James is currently a judicial panel member for England Boxing, and welcomes instructions in professional discipline, both in relation to sports matters and more broadly. 


The University of Manchester (2010)
LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology (First-Class Honours)
R.G. Lawson Award for the highest mark in Criminal Law
R.G. Lawson Award for the highest mark in Equity and Trusts
City, University of London (2016)
BPTC (Outstanding)
City Law School Postgraduate Scholarship
Highest mark in the year for Advanced Criminal Litigation

The Criminal Bar Association
The International Criminal Court Bar Association
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL)

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