James O'Donnell

James O'Donnell

Crime Solicitor

James O’Donnell joined JD Spicer Zeb Solicitors in 2010. Upon successful completion of his training contract he was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England & Wales in 2014.

He is Police Station accredited and a Court Duty Solicitor who has extensive experience in representing clients at the police station and in the Magistrates’ Court.  James defends clients facing a broad spectrum of criminal charges brought before the Court by various enforcement agencies.

James has extensive experience in dealing in complex and serious cases concerning violence, including murder, kidnapping and firearm offences, fraud, large scale drug supply as well as sexual offences. James regularly defends clients involved in organised crime or who face prosecutions by way of joint enterprise or as part of a conspiracy. With such serious cases in his remit, James consistently remains in control and calm at all times when interacting with clients and third parties including counsel and investigative and enforcement authorities.

James is appreciated by clients for his prompt and clear style in communication whilst always managing expectations. He ensures that all aspects of his client’s defence are fully advanced and regularly instructs leading experts to contest disputed and complex evidence in order to advance his client’s defence and to maximise their chances of success. 

James is a highly regarded lawyer and due to his attention to detail and commitment to his clients has built a large client following that regularly instruct him on a wide range of matters on either a private or publicly funded basis.

Notable cases: 

  • R v D & others (2017) – Conspiracy to murder: Defendant was said to have planned and organised the shooting of another as part of a revenge attack that stemmed from a long standing family feud.
  • R v B (2014) – Attempted Murder where a mans throat was slit in a planned execution. Defendant was said to be one of the males involved in the attack. Charge successfully dismissed.
  • R v M (2017) – Wounding with intent. Defendant charged with an attack where he allegedly drove his vehicle into another during a large scale fight, resulting in numerous broken bones. Not guilty verdicts. 
  • R v AM (2015) – Attempted Murder where defendant was accused of carrying out a near fatal stabbing on another gang member in broad daylight on a busy NW London high street.
  • R v MK (2014) – Conspiracy to kidnap and commit false imprisonment. Defendant was jointly charged with 2 others who were said to have kidnapped another over a 5 day period due to an unpaid drug debt. Defendant was found not guilty of all charges. 
  • R v MH (2014) – Rape. Successfully defended a man charged with multiple counts of rape. Defence instructed Pathologist played a predominant role in challenging the injuries allegedly caused. The defendant was found not guilty on all charges.
  • R v AD & others (2017) – Conspiracy to defraud. Defendant and others were said to be involved in carrying out fraudulent building work in excess of £500,000.