James is Global Head of Retail for Eversheds Sutherland and Client Partner for a number of the firm's major retail and other global brand clients for example, Wm Morrisons Supermarkets Plc, LEGO, NOKIA and adidas. Eversheds is ranked No.1 by Chambers for Retail where James is described as an ‘Eminent Practitioner’. Reducing the size of legal panels and converging work to deepen working relationships is a common goal across large international clients. The drivers behind this 'Convergence' have been made only more acute by the Covid-19 global pandemic. James works across the business supporting clients and partners with winning new panel appointments and making them work for both the client and the firm.
According to the directories over the years clients have described James as follows: (Chambers and Partners) James is a 'dynamic leader'. (Legal 500) James 'almost acts as though he is in-house, so good is his understanding of the drivers'. Chambers and Partners now state that 'James invests a lot of time to understand the client’s business and bases solutions on that'.
James is an Ambassador for The Retail Trust and Advisory Board Member of Lawwithoutwalls. James has a First in Politics and History and an MPhil in International Relations and is a level 1 FA coach trying to get an under 13 team as far as they can go.