James leads the firm’s corporate offering from our Southampton footprint, providing commercially relevant and astute advice in relation to shareholder and financing issues and generally on corporate governance matters.

James has a wealth of experience, his practice over the last few years having developed significant traction in relation to energy and renewables businesses; health, care and education businesses; multi-generational family businesses; and technology and defence companies.

James also has a lot of experience advising on cross-border transactions; selling UK companies to non-UK buyers (especially those from the US, France and Germany) and advising groups from those countries on UK acquisitions or subsidiary operations.

James is recognised in Legal 500 for being a “leading individual, involved in a significant number of corporate transactions” and in Chambers and Partners as “patient, smart and totally unflappable”.

I am fascinated by different businesses and the people who run them. I enjoy working out how client businesses work, the issues they and their leadership teams face, and how I can help them achieve their aims. I have a proven track-record of nurturing long term relationships – always aiming to exceed my clients’ expectations and be more than just a lawyer, but a sounding board and an extension of their leadership team.

  • Company

  • Energy

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Private Equity

I am based in our Southampton Office

Our new Southampton office in the University of Southampton Science Park marks an exciting expansion, enhancing our ability to serve businesses in the Central South region. We’re dedicated to providing personalised legal solutions that empower clients to make informed decisions and manage risk. From established businesses to start-ups and private clients, we offer a wide range of services.

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