James Austin

Senior Partner

James is "relaxed, very well respected and very thorough".

Chambers [UK 2019]


James joined Birketts in 1989 having spent five years with a City firm. He leads our Corporate and Commercial Teams in Ipswich. He is also a Senior Partner having taken up the role in June 2016. As such he divides his time between fee-earning and his management responsibilities where he works closely with our CEO, Jonathan Agar.

James looks after the commercial interests of a wide range of businesses based all over East Anglia and beyond. This includes the drafting and negotiation of all types of commercial contracts as well as transactional work.

Other Information

James is listed as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 [UK 2019]. Previous editions note that the "swift, efficient and calm" James Austin "provides excellent service". He is described as "very cordial and professional". 

James has been recognised as a Eminent Practitioner by Chambers [UK 2019]. Sources describe James as "relaxed, very well respected and very thorough". Previous editions say that "he's hugely efficient and gets things done." 

Prior to training as a Solicitor, James obtained a degree in civil engineering. He qualified as a Solicitor in October 1986.

Legal 500 Leading Individual 2019