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James Leighton

Managing Director
Head of Legal Services for Business

James is a solicitor in the firm’s commercial department and undertakes a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work.

In his contentious practice, James has experience in dealing with a variety of different claims from small claims all the way through to multi-million pound cross-jurisdictional disputes.

James has experience in commercial litigation, consumer credit litigation, contentious probate disputes and intellectual property litigation. James understands the stress and cost involved in litigation and, where possible, will always try and identify scope for early settlement.

James also undertakes non-contentious work, working closely with businesses to draft documentation such as terms and conditions, sale contracts and service contracts. James also has experience in dealing with business sales including asset sales and share sales. James also has experience in assisting businesses to comply with strict regulatory frameworks, an example being assisting a pay day loan lender on its compliance with the Consumer Credit Act 1974 and the Financial Conduct Authority guidance.

James has acted for a number of global brands and companies all over the world alongside SMEs and individuals. James takes the time to learn about, and understand his client’s goals, so that client’s objectives can be met in the most efficient way.

James is the firm’s managing director and oversees the day-to-day running of the firm, implementing the strategic goals of the business. James also carries out contentious and non-contentious commercial work.

James is able to understand the key issues at hand immediately and prides himself in being able to form a commercial and cost-effective strategy with his clients to help them achieve their goals.

In his professional work James is most proud of achieving cost-effective solutions for his clients. One example being the settlement of a potentially large and complex litigation at an early stage in his client’s favour, saving thousands in legal costs and enabling his client to avoid the risk of litigation and allowing them to focus on running their business.

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