James advises a broad spectrum of charities, and those who fund, work with and regulate them, on the full range of charity law issues. He has a particular focus on advising philanthropists on the legal aspects of structuring their giving and sits on the STEP Philanthropy Advisors Global SIG Steering Committee.
James is a charity law specialist, helping clients with constitutional and governance matters, incorporations, mergers and restructuring projects. James has the knowledge and experience to ensure charities navigate the law on fundraising (including trading and commercial partnerships), investment, grant-making and charity property transactions.
Philanthropy has become a key area of focus for James. He advises individuals and families, including through the formation of charities and alternatives. He advises on donor tax reliefs and on regulatory requirements. Recent work includes advice on complex cross-border issues.
James has particular experience of working with philanthropists, grant-making charities, sports organisations, livery companies, faith-based organisations and businesses establishing corporate foundations. His work is often international in nature.
James takes a collaborative approach with clients and their other advisers. He is pragmatic and ensures that advice is tailored for the client's specific circumstances. Helping clients to use legal advice to achieve their goals is the most satisfying part of his working life.
James qualified as a solicitor in 2005.
Memberships & Accolades
James lectures on charity law at Cass Business School and regularly speaks on legal issues affecting the sector. He is a member of the Charity Law Association and is a charity trustee.
He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and currently serves as deputy chair of STEP's Philanthropy Advisors Global SIG Steering Committee.
He contributes the chapter on charitable structures for sports entities in Lewis & Taylor's leading textbook Sport: Law and Practice.
"He is incredibly thorough, hard-working, personable and knowledgeable." (Chambers UK 2022)
"He provided an excellent service and kept us informed throughout the process." (Chambers UK 2022)
"He is calm, responsive and smart - we have total confidence in his output." (Chambers UK 2021)