James Allen



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"He's a problem solver, incredibly bright and really good at negotiating."

Chambers [UK 2021]


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.

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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 2021]. 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." In the previous edition clients say that the "extremely helpful" James Allen "gives practical advice, cuts to the chase and doesn't waste time or effort on trivial matters."

James is recommended and named as a Leading Individual and a Hall of Fame member by Legal 500 [UK 2021]. 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 UK 2021 Leading Individual

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