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Partner and solicitor within the company commercial team
Partner and Solicitor
James is a partner and heads the charities, and academies/ schools team.
He is a leading charity and social enterprise law specialist, with over 20 years’ experience of supporting a wide range of sector organisations across the South West and beyond, including many national and international organisations.
“My aim is to help charities, social enterprises and educational institutions achieve their social objectives, and to create greater impact in what they do.”
He advises sector organisations on a broad range of issues including formation and getting the right legal structure, governance and constitutional issues, mergers, collaborations and other corporate transactions, charity law compliance and regulatory issues, fundraising, and trading issues.
He is an active member of the Charity Law Association, an academy school governor and a member of the certification panel which adjudicates on awards of the Social Enterprise Mark.
James is a ranked lawyer for Charities UK-wide in the legal directory Chambers UK 2019. The 2019 edition says: “He goes above and beyond in helping provide the practical solutions to navigate the problem”
James has also been recognized in the Legal 500 2018 legal directory in which they describe James as “Easy to talk with, explains things simply and has an excellent knowledge”
James qualified as a solicitor in 1996.
"James' advice and guidance was invaluable in steering us through our latest merger.
He always takes such a pragmatic approach and provided both technical interpretation and logical advice throughout the process. James certainly hit the mark in meeting and exceeding our expectations and we continue to enjoy working with him today."
Prof Willie Wilson, Director The Marine Biological Association