Promoted to Partner in 2021, James plays a key role in our Corporate and Commercial department specialising in the franchise sector.
Having specialised as a member of our Corporate and Commercial team in 2014 after gaining an extensive range of knowledge and experience during his two year training contract with the firm, James now deals with both transactional and non-transactional work, advising businesses and business owners on all matters of company law and commercial arrangements. He also heads the firms company secretarial service.
James frequently advises on acquisitions and disposals, management buyouts, and a range of corporate restructuring – including share buybacks, share-for-share exchanges and hive-downs. He has recently, for example, acted in relation to the de-merger and sale of a prestige motor vehicle franchise, acquisitions of large corporate groups in the hospitality sector, and the merger of two training and further education institutions. Further to this, James has acted on behalf of banks, investors, and businesses in relation to financing and investment, of late having acted in relation to significant investment in a UK emerging technologies company.
He frequently drafts bespoke contractual agreements and advises on a multitude of arrangements and trading relationships, acting across a wide variety of sectors, ranging from offshore industry, renewables, retail, and technology to education, healthcare, and charities. He has also advised on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including international patent sales, licensing, and cross-border trademark protection, and dealt with joint venture arrangements for patent exploitation in the UK.
James worked intensively on the acquisition of a company for myself and my investors, during which time he provided a service level that was truly exceptional and beyond expectation. Knowing how busy we were, James would often work late into the evening to meet deadlines, and visit us on and off site to ensure that what we needed was ready and the timescales were met. I cannot recommend James highly enough - he is a great ally to us, and a true asset to Endeavour
Martin Wakefield, Director - Bang & Olufsen of Newcastle & Yarm
Graduated from University of Durham
Joined Endeavour Partnership on a training contract
Qualified as a Solicitor
Advised on software development, licensing, and worldwide distribution arrangements in the console gaming industry
Acted on the demerger of a business holding various high-value internationally-recognised franchises
Acted on the acquisition of various large corporate groups in the hospitality sector
Promoted to Associate
Promoted to Senior Associate
Promoted to Partner