James heads the Banking & Finance team in the Abu Dhabi office. He has extensive experience in all kinds of finance-related transactions including leveraged finance, property finance, development funding, trade finance and project finance, acting for both lenders and borrowers.
James initially trained in private practice in London and then returned to his native Manchester where he built up a successful banking practice with Pannone LLP acting for a number of UK clearing banks and other financial institutions and finance providers both throughout the Northwest of England and nationally.
During his time in the UAE, James has been involved in a variety of financing transactions, including IWPP acquisition and property development financings.
He was involved and assisted in drafting the draft Federal Bankruptcy law and has also presented at conferences and written articles on insolvency and restructuring issues as they affect the UAE legal environment.
He is admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and is a graduate of Southampton University.