About James

James Richardson is a Member and Managing Partner of Lupton Fawcett LLP

James became the firm’s Managing Partner in April 2020.  As well as managing the firm, James is a well-known and respected lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in advising individuals, directors, banks, asset based lenders, insolvency practitioners and accountants in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency.  He joined the firm as a Director in October 2012 following the merger of Lupton Fawcett and Lee & Priestley.

James advises distressed businesses, whether it be through formal insolvency procedures or through developing more pragmatic restructuring led solutions maximising returns for all interested stakeholders.

Recent assignments have included work across a wide range of industry sectors such as glass manufacturing, electrical contracting, financial services, printing and healthcare services.  This has included acting for both management in buying out insolvent businesses and insolvency practitioners in selling them.  James’ experience covers both contentious and non-contentious, and he specialises in advising insolvency practitioners in relation to antecedent property transactions.

James is a member of R3, The Insolvency Lawyers Association and the Law Society.

Professional Societies

  • R3
  • Insolvency Lawyers Association
  • Member R3 Yorkshire Regional Committee


When not at work

James is married to Cathy and enjoys travelling, skiing, playing the guitar, a little bit of cycling, cooking, and has recently taken up making his own charcuterie!

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Accreditations / Awards

"commercial and responsive" and is someone clients "would not hesitate to recommend."

Chambers & Partners UK

His expertise in restructuring and corporate insolvency matters has added a layer of depth to the team, according to clients.

Chambers & Partners UK


Graduated from the University of Leeds LLB

Qualified as a Solicitor with DLA

Became a Partner at DLA

Became a Partner at Lee & Priestley

Became Managing Partner at Lee & Priestley

Merged Lupton Fawcett with Lee & Priestley and became a Director, and Member of the Management Board, at Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley (now Lupton Fawcett LLP)

Departmental Head - Business Recovery and Insolvency

Appointed Chairman

Appointed Managing Partner

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