James Austin

Senior Partner

[James is] "swift, efficient and calm," and "provides excellent service".

Legal 500 UK 2016


James joined Birketts in 1989 having spent five years with a City firm. He leads our Corporate and Commercial Teams in Ipswich. He is also a Senior Partner having taken up the role in June 2016. As such he divides his time between fee-earning and his management responsibilities where he works closely with our CEO, Jonathan Agar.

James looks after the commercial interests of a wide range of businesses based all over East Anglia and beyond. This includes the drafting and negotiation of all types of commercial contracts as well as transactional work.

Other Information

James is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016] and is listed in the elite 'Leading Lawyers' list of lawyers nationwide. In an earlier edition he is described as "very cordial and professional" and is recommended and recognised alongside colleagues, Mark Henry and Mark Gipson as forming the backbone of [the] Ipswich-based corporate practice.

James is ranked in band 1 and recommended by Chambers [UK 2017]. He garners recognition for his practice acting for family-owned and owner-managed businesses on a wide range of corporate transactions.

Prior to training as a Solicitor, James obtained a degree in civil engineering.

Leading Individual Legal 500 2016