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.

  • Described in The Legal 500 (2017) as "excellent" 
  • Philosophy with English, Sussex University
  • Qualified as a solicitor in 1987