James Allen


[James is] "excellent, helpful, commercial."

Legal 500 UK 2016


James joined Birketts in August 2012 as a Partner in our Corporate Finance Team having previously spent 11 years as a Partner at a leading Cambridge firm. He also has City experience.

James specialises in corporate finance, banking and insolvency. He has considerable experience in a variety of corporate finance transactions, including sales and purchases, venture capital, restructurings, and advising family-owned businesses.  

He is qualified as an attorney in California and regularly advises on transactions with a cross-border element. James also delivers lectures to other lawyers and professionals on corporate finance and banking issues.

James is based at our Cambridge office.

Other Information

James is recognised as a leader in his field by leading legal directories, Chambers and Legal 500 in the specialisms of corporate finance, banking and finance, and insolvency and restructuring. 

James is recommended by Chambers [UK 2017] and is dual-qualified in the USA and the UK.  Sources comment that he is “very clear at understanding what clients require."  Others add that he is "plain-talking when he needs to be and sympathetic to the client when he needs to be."

Previous editions say that James is hailed as a "vastly experienced and highly respected banking practitioner. He is lauded by market observers for his industry expertise and strong commitment to client service."

James is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016] and listed in the elite 'Leading Lawyers' list of lawyers nationwide. In this edition clients describe him as "excellent, helpful, commercial." In an earlier edition he is praised as "highly effective."

Leading Individual Legal 500 2016