James qualified as a Solicitor in October 1998 and joined Birketts in 2003. He is a Partner in our Agriculture Team.
With 20 years’ experience as a property lawyer James now concentrates on advising farmers, landowners and agri-businesses as well as banks lending in the agricultural sector. He deals in particular with tenancies and the buying and selling of agricultural land. He has acted for a number of landowners in the disposal of land for development, whether outright or pursuant to options or conditional contracts. Amongst his clients there are several in the renewable energy sector, harvesting landfill gas or operating anaerobic digesters. James also buys and sells residential properties.
James is based in our Ipswich office.
James is a member of the Suffolk Agricultural Association and the Agricultural Law Association.
James is named by Chambers [UK 2018]. He is observed as being "good at getting things done, being pragmatic and giving good advice." In previous editions he is recommended for being "extremely thorough and very attentive” and "a practical lawyer who takes a sensible approach to everything".
James is also recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2017]. Clients in an earlier edition say he "copes well when thrown a curveball".
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