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 2017] and listed in the elite 'Leading Lawyers' list of lawyers nationwide. In previous editions, clients described him as "excellent, helpful, commercial."