James joined Harrison Drury in 2011, having completed the first year of his training contract at Birchall Blackburn Law, and qualified as a solicitor in 2012. He studied Politics and Russian at the University of Leeds before completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course, both with Distinctions, at the University of Central Lancashire.
He specialises in insolvency law and debt recovery and is dual-qualified as an Insolvency Practitioner having successfully taken the Joint Insolvency Examination Board exams in 2014. He also gained the Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency in 2013.
James has significant experience of advising insolvency practitioners, creditors, distressed companies and company directors with contentious and technical insolvency matters. His expertise includes bankruptcy and winding-up proceedings, debt recovery, asset sales, landlord and tenant insolvency issues, defending director disqualification proceedings and pursuing and defending company directors in relation to claims brought on behalf of insolvency practitioners for matters such as preferences, transactions at an undervalue, misfeasance and wrongful and fraudulent trading.
James also specialises in debt recovery and the enforcement of judgments, including those obtained in foreign jurisdictions. In this regard, he regularly acts for banks and other creditors from outside England and Wales, as well as for High Court Enforcement Officers tasked with enforcing such judgments.
In his spare time, James enjoys travelling, supporting Burnley Football Club, running and cycling.