James Allen
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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 qualified as Solicitor in November 1993.

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.

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 ranked by Chambers [UK 2022]. Clients note: “He is unflappable and measured when confronted with difficult situations.”

In the previous edition clients note: “He presents information in a way that I am able to make decisions while not getting caught up in unnecessary detail.” “He’s a problem solver, incredibly bright and really good at negotiating.” 

James is recommended and named as a Hall of Fame member in Corporate and Commercial and Banking and Finance by Legal 500 [UK 2022]. In an earlier edition, James was recognised as “a sound commercial lawyer with a loyal client following.” Another source noted that “James Allen leads the practice and is ‘well prepared, pragmatic and straightforward; he remembers discussions and detail from the past”. 

Legal 500 Hall of Fame     Legal 500 UK 2022 Leading Individual

He is unflappable and measured when confronted with difficult situations.

Chambers [UK 2021]