James is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2016] and is listed in the elite 'Leading Lawyers' list of lawyers nationwide. This edition says he is ‘swift, efficient and calm,’ and ‘provides excellent service.’ In an earlier edition he is described as "very cordial and professional" and is recommended and recognised alongside colleagues, Mark Henry and Mark Gipson as forming the backbone of [the] Ipswich-based corporate practice.
James is ranked in band 1 and recommended by Chambers [UK 2017], He garners recognition for his practice acting for family-owned and owner-managed businesses on a wide range of corporate transactions.
In previous editions, clients praise his "depth of knowledge of commercial contract law." He "wins strong praise from market observers" and "is commended for his friendly manner when handling transactions." Market observers recognise his considerable experience in corporate finance
Prior to training as a solicitor, James obtained a degree in civil engineering.