Jim Olphert

Year of call: 2014

Jim has a broad practice both defending and prosecuting, predominantly in London, the Southeast and Midlands. He is a barrister with experience well beyond his call, having worked in-house at reputable Solicitors’ firms, and the Crown Prosecution Service, prior to joining Chambers. He has represented individuals at the police station, and litigated cases of serious violence, conspiracy and sexual offences. As a result, he is a thoughtful and persuasive advocate and able tactician, with a real understanding of how cases progress from the outset.


Jim enjoys an excellent reputation with both the Solicitors and lay clients that he represents and is praised for his ability to leave clients feeling reassured. He is available for instruction on matters in the Youth, Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, and is a member of the CPS Advocates Panel. His background as a prosecutor also leaves him well placed to deal with complex and discrete areas of law, with a particular knowledge of driving and traffic work.

He has a growing regulatory practice, with experience in the field of healthcare regulation and regulatory prosecution and defence in the criminal courts, He has previously advised regulators including Ofqual, the exams and qualifications regulator, on large-scale investigation, litigation and enforcement proceedings.

Jim has also expanded his practice with civil instructions under the Attorney General’s Junior Junior Panel, accepting instructions assisting in disclosure and other areas in international litigation.

Qualifications and Awards

BA (Hons) English and Drama – University of Sheffield

Graduate Diploma in Law – Nottingham Law School

Bar Professional Training Course – Nottingham Law School

Winner of the Professor Myriana Nesic Memorial Prize 2013

Winner of the Best Opening Speech Award – ICC International Mediation Competition 2014

Notable Cases

R v JF – Instructed to defend in prosecution arising from Operation Tallmach drugs operation.

R v SF – Instructed to represent client charged with numerous burglaries and conspiracies nationally. The Sky News report on this case can be found here.

R v WC – Unlikely suspended sentence for client convicted of possessing false ID documents with intent.

R v T -Successful argument when prosecuting on appeal that comments recorded on MGDD document were admissible hearsay. Appeal dismissed.

R v D – Successfully ran ‘automatism’ defence in complex driving matter.

R v S – Secured an acquittal in under an hour at the Central Criminal Court, was praised by the Judge as being “in the finest traditions of the Bar”.

R v D – Prosecuted a 3-day Appeal to the Crown Court after a late return. The matter was of importance to Kent Police. Praised by both the officers and the Judge for his detailed understanding of the case and his clear, persuasive closing submissions. 

R v B – Secured an acquittal for a man accused of being the lookout in a joint enterprise burglary. The co-defendant was convicted.

R v N -Represented a mother who conspired to fake her own death to defraud their life assurance policy. The Sun’s news report on this case can be found here.

R v JW -Secured an acquittal for a young man accused of having a bag of class A drugs in his car, who had secured a scholarship with an American college to play football. A conviction would have been disastrous.

R v C – Acted for a defendant in a 2-day confiscation hearing following a conviction for both drugs and firearms offences. The case involved large sums and came to a negotiated solution in the client’s interests.

R v D – Obtained an unlikely Suspended Sentence Order where the defendant faced custody under the mandatory minimum sentencing provisions for knife offences.

Professional Associations

The Honourable Society of The Inner Temple

Criminal Bar Association

Young Fraud Lawyers Association

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