James Allen


[James is] "personable, commercial and focuses on getting the deal done."

Chambers [UK 2019]


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.

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 ranked by Chambers [UK 2019]. He is "personable, commercial and focuses on getting the deal done".

James is recommended and named as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 [UK 2020]. In the previous 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 UK 2020 - Leading Individual         Legal 500 UK 2020 Recommended Lawyer