1993, Gray's Inn
LLB, UCW Aberystwyth
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Jaime Hamilton undertook the initial stage of his career in London before returning to his native Manchester and becoming a member of 9 St John Street. Whilst he gained experience in all areas of law, he rapidly fulfilled his ambition to specialise in crime.
Since then he has undertaken a wide range of criminal work on behalf of both prosecution and defence at first instance and onto appellate level. He has been led in several complex cases ranging from murder to fraud. He has appeared on behalf of the defendant in many cases involving the importation and distribution of drugs, including a conspiracy to import £19 million worth of ecstasy and several operations concentrating on street dealing of heroin and cocaine. He recently appeared in a fraud case involving Data Protection with over 7,000 complainants that was the first of its kind in the country and was the leading Junior on behalf of a defendant in a trial involving a conspiracy to commit armed robberies.
Jaime Hamilton is frequently instructed on behalf of defendants charged with sexual offences and has gathered considerable experience in examining vulnerable witnesses. He has been led in a case which involved serious sexual offences in respect of seven different victims spanning a thirty year period. He has also been led in cases involving murder and has appeared as the only counsel instructed in cases of attempted murder.
As well as dealing with substantive criminal offences he has also gained considerable experience in dealing with matters ancillary and associated to criminal offences, such as Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, Sexual Offence Prevention Orders and the full range of proceedings connected with the Proceeds of Crime Act. In recent times he has been asked to appear on behalf of the families of the victims of unlawful killing cases as part of the pilot scheme for Victim’s Advocates.
Jaime Hamilton believes firmly in the role of the barrister as a specialist advocate. Before coming to the Bar he was a national finalist at the Observer Mace and quarter-finalist at the World Debating Championship. He is now an accredited advocacy trainer, assists the Manchester Metropolitan University in providing advocacy instruction to students and is a pupil supervisor who now provides training to other members of the Bar before they become pupil supervisors. He is committed
to maintaining the high standards of both advocacy and service that are associated with 9 St John Street and would welcome discussions with solicitors as to how such standards can be maintained and improved.
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