Jim Patel

Jim is a Paralegal in the Criminal Law department based at the Wanstead office.

Jim is a Paralegal in the Criminal Law department based at the Wanstead office. Jim prepares criminal defence cases and works closely with Jeremy Smith the head of the department and all Counsel instructed on respective cases. Jim prides himself on his evidence gathering and reputation building strong and successful cases. Jim is extremely calm and unflappable and offers a reassuring presence to his clients when they need it the most.

Recent Department Work

Jim recently obtained an acquittal in the Magistrates Court for an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH), whereby the defendant was charged with ABH on his mother after the defendant’s mother had bit the defendant’s forearm and would not let go. Upon obtaining detailed instructions from the defendant that he had to use reasonable force in order to free his forearm from the complainant’s mouth, Jim requested from the Crown Prosecution Service the photographs of the defendant’s injury that were taken by the Police upon the defendant’s detention at the Police Station. The Crown served the photograph as part of their Unused Material Disclosure which the defence advocate at Court used as part of the defence case at trial. The Magistrates’ found the defendant not guilty of the charge of ABH.


B-TEC National Diploma in Information Technology and Business Studies.

Jim has been with Wiseman Lee for over 25 years working in the administration department, Outdoor Clerk before joining the criminal law department in 2000 and working as a Paralegal. Jim joined Axiom DWFM following the merger between Wiseman Lee and Axiom DWFM 1st  March 2023. 

Qualifications & Memberships

Jim is a member of the LCCSA.

Outside interests

Jim enjoys a wide range of sports but mainly football and Cricket. Jim is an avid Liverpool fan for over 45 years. Jim also enjoys socialising with his family and friends.