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James Carlton is a partner specialising in all areas of Business Crime and Regulation within the Corporate Regulatory and Financial Services Team.  
James has been instructed over the last 15 years in a number of the largest and most complex white collar investigations and prosecutions brought by the UK Prosecuting Authorities, including the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, Revenue and Customs, the Office of Fair Trading and the Crown Prosecution Service, relating to amongst others allegations of fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse, cheating the Revenue, MTIC, anti-competitive practices, corruption and false accounting.
James has considerable experience in the conduct of Corporate Manslaughter and Health and Safety investigations and prosecutions for both corporates and individuals following workplace deaths and serious accident.
James also has great expertise in the conduct of both Public Inquiries and Inquests. He has been instructed by interested parties and core witnesses in a large number of the most high profile Public Inquiries including amongst others BSE, the Marchioness and Victoria Climbie. In relation specifically to Inquests, he has gained enormous experience over the years and has recently acted on behalf of the largest victim's family group in the 7/7 London Bombings Inquest. He has also recently acted on behalf of clients in relation to both the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press and the Pollard Review commissioned by the BBC relating to allegations of sexual abuse by the late Jimmy Savile.
James has also developed a significant specialist knowledge in all aspects of Professional Regulation and Discipline, including issues of probity and fitness to practice, representing amongst others Solicitors and Barristers, Accountants, those in the Financial Services sector and Healthcare professionals facing investigation and disciplinary proceedings.
James is a member of ARDL, HSLA, BAFS, LCCSA and POCLA. He is a regular speaker and contributor to internal and external publications on matters of public interest in relation to Business Crime, Corporate Regulation and Professional Regulation and Discipline.
After reading Law at University and finals at the College of Law in Guildford, James Carlton trained with Simmons and Simmons. He went onto become a Partner at Russell Jones and Walker for a number of years before joining Fox Williams in 2012.

James is listed as a Super Lawyer for Fraud, Financial and Investment Services: Business, Criminal Law by Thomson Reuters (2014 edition).

"Vastly experienced in this area and is particularly excellent in corporate investigations"
(Legal 500, 2019)
(Legal 500, 2019)
"Charm personified, able to move cases in the direction he wants effortlessly and a real operator on every level"
(Legal 500, 2019)
James Carlton has "a first-class knowledge of the law and also empathises with his clients, making them feel that he is on their side."
(Legal 500, 2017)
Sources note: "He inspires total confidence from his clients, has a wonderful knack of making them feel comfortable and superbly represented, while not pulling any punches in terms of problems they may face." 
(Chambers UK, 2017)
'Always calm in a crisis' James Carlton ''is extremely experienced in the criminal enforcement regimes' 
(Legal 500, 2015)
James Carlton is viewed as "a very solid fraud solicitor" who has extensive experience in the area and is "very effective." 
(Chambers UK, 2015)
'James Carlton is also recommended as a result of his "excellent judgement and reassuring manner"'.
(Legal 500, 2014)
'Head of department James Carlton at Fox Williams LLP is "very popular with clients"'.
(Legal 500, 2014)
“The ‘very effective’” and “‘formidable’ James Carlton… has a ‘strong background in high-profile financial fraud litigation’.
(Legal 500, 2013)


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  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
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