James is a partner in the charity and social business team specialising in property work for charities. He advises charity and voluntary sector clients in all matters involving their property, such as purchases and sales, business tenancies, residential and commercial development, property management and property disputes.
James has particular expertise advising clients on strategic property issues, and is experienced in working with charity and voluntary sector clients who are restructuring and relocating. James also offers specialist advice to clients involved with social regeneration projects and asset transfer.
He became a partner at the specialist charity firm Sinclair Taylor and Martin in 2000 and joined Russell-Cooke in 2003 when the two firms merged.
James has created legal guidance which is free to use and available on issues relating to community buildings for Building Assets, a social enterprise.
James also leads seminars on Land Transactions Involving Charities for MBL Seminars.
James regularly leads seminars on property issues for charities, and contributed to the property chapters of the Russell-Cooke Legal Handbook 2010.
- Acted for the Postal Museum in connection with the grant of leases of museum premises and an underground railway heritage attraction
- Acted in a number of asset transfers from local authorities to community charities including negotiating appropriate content and mechanisms for restriction on use and dispositions
- Advised in relation to a number of properties subject to complex restrictive covenants limiting their use for charitable purposes to enable sale for development and subsequently acted in the disposal of those properties
- Advised on complex vesting issues in relation to unincorporated charities where property has not been transferred to new trustees and in relation to corporate charities where property had not been transferred on merger
- Acts for community charities in connection with the grant of leases of operational properties
- Advises on mixed-use developments of charity property in order to enable the release of funds from charity assets
- Member of the Charity Law Association, on the professional panel of the Ethical Property Foundation and conducted seminars on 'Land transactions involving charities' for MBL Seminars
- Described in The Legal 500 (2017) as "excellent"
- Philosophy with English, Sussex University
- Qualified as a solicitor in 1987