James joined Birketts as a Trainee in 1977 and qualified as a Solicitor in May 1979. Formerly a Partner, he is now a Senior Solicitor based in our Ipswich office and part of our Charities and Social Enterprise Team.
He has been Diocesan Registrar and Bishop's legal adviser for the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich since 1998 and is also Deputy Registrar for the Diocese of Norwich.
As well as being a lay reader, James is a member of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.
James is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2017]. In this edition clients note that James "has extensive knowledge of church law". In previous editions, clients praise James and colleague Stuart Jones, who are "very competent and understand the sector well". He is described as "responsive and efficient" and "exceptionally bright", and he is praised for his “succinct and clear" ecclesiastical law expertise. Clients say his advice is “invaluable; he always endeavours to simplify matters".
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