James Turner is a Senior Partner at Tuckers Solicitors LLP, specialising in criminal defence. He is a Duty Solicitor, Higher Court Advocate and member of the Legal Aid Agency Peer Review Panel. In addition to managing the Birmingham Branch of Tuckers Solicitors LLP he is a training principal for trainee solicitors, accredited police station representatives and a mentor for students attending the University of Law. He has also taken part in training of senior investigating officers by West Midlands Police with regard to disclosure and interview technique.
Tuckers Solicitors LLP is the largest national firm in England and Wales specialising in criminal defence. The firm has offices from Bury in the north to Brighton in the South. The firm has been at the vanguard of innovation in the criminal justice system including the move to digital processes. It provides full service to clients in relation to all aspects of criminal law from representation at the investigation stage, through the court process, appeal and beyond with regard to prisoner rights and civil actions against the police. The firm undertakes coronial work and is instructed to prosecute by the HSE. The firm is a signatory to the Care Leaver Covenant.
James is a long term member and supporter of Birmingham Law Society. He chaired the criminal law committee for five years and is currently a member of additional committees with focus on Criminal Law, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Membership and the In House legal community. He was President of Birmingham Law Society from 2018 to 2019 in the society’s bi-centennial year. He previously served as Deputy Vice President and Vice President. He sits on the Board of the society as an ex-officio member.
In his year as President James worked with colleagues to establish a committee of In House Lawyers to better reflect the needs of that community as members of Birmingham Law Society. He has remained a member of the In House Lawyers committee to provide a strong link between the committee and the society’s Council.