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".