About James

James has over 26 years experience of advising insolvency practitioners, banks, funders, asset based lenders, directors and individuals in respect of all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency.

He has a wide and varied understanding of many industry sectors and the particular stresses and pressures that cause financial difficulties. He uses his wealth of knowledge to tailor pragmatic solution led advice.

Having considerable and recognised skills in both the contentious and non contentious arenas James has the versatility to handle a wide variety of assignments from the most straightforward to those of great complexity.

When not at work

James enjoys skiing, cooking, playing the guitar and travel – especially to Italy. He has also taken up road cycling.

Professional Societies

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


Sectors that James is involved in:

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Contact Staff Member

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

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