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About James

Prior to joining the firm, James worked in Leeds for over 14 years with a large international legal practice. Now based in the Langleys York office, James is the Head of Dispute Resolution, specialising in resolving commercial disputes.

His broad commercial disputes expertise includes engineering, manufacturing and IT disputes as well as shareholder disputes (including family owned businesses), restraint of trade and professional negligence claims against accountants, lawyers and other professionals.

James has particular expertise in claims for civil fraud (breach of fiduciary duty, deceit, conspiracy, breach of trust) including claims against directors for misfeasance. He also has significant experience securing and defending freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders and mandatory injunctions.

As well as acting for companies, utilities, individuals and financial institutions, James is also frequently instructed by the European Commission, for whom he has acted for many years.

Clients describe James as very skilful and patient and he and his team are ranked in Legal 500 and described as ‘very experienced’ and having ‘excellent commercial understanding’. James qualified as a solicitor in 1997.

Service expertise

Commercial Litigation

Even the best run businesses find themselves involved in disputes sometimes, whether with customers, suppliers or advisers – or even because of conflict within the organisation itself. Our commercially astute dispute resolution team has a wealth of experience acting for a wide range of clients, acting as the first and last line of defence for their interests.

Contracts and Agreements

Clearly setting out the intentions and responsibilities of your business to its partners, associates and customers is the cornerstone of good business practice. Our experience covers a range of commercial contracts providing tailored practical advice to our clients requirements.

Debt Recovery

Cash is the life blood of a business; therefore, efficient debt management and recovery is essential for all commercial organisations. With a nationwide reputation for providing practical advice to businesses, our debt recovery team offer a fast, efficient service to tackle unpaid debts, from drafting initial letters through to expertly dealing with any disputes which might arise.

Disputes For Individuals

We understand the anxiety that disputes can bring. We focus on resolving legal disagreements in a cost effective and timely manner, helping you reach the best possible conclusion. Based in York and Lincoln and serving clients across the country, Langleys provides pragmatic and expert advice to help resolve disputes.

Property Litigation

Whether you experience it as a business, or as an individual, a dispute involving property or land can often be complex and challenging. From issues arising from lease renewals and extensions to leases and development disputes our experience means we can offer the most effective and often proactive way of managing your dispute.

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