James is a Partner at Foot Anstey LLP (one of the UK's top 100 law firms, with over 45 partners and approaching 500 staff with offices in Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Taunton, Bristol, Southampton, and London). He is a member of the firm's Business Group and heads up the firm's employment and pensions units based out of its Plymouth and Truro offices within which he manages a selection of fee earners and support staff.
What skills & experience do you bring to the CSP Board?
In his role as a lawyer, James advises a wide range of both national and local clients on a range of areas such as discrimination, transfers of undertakings, large scale redundancies/restructures, complex employee relations issues, exiting of senior staff, and the drafting and enforcement of restrictive covenants. James also has extensive advocacy experience representing his clients in defending Employment Tribunal claims across the UK. Alongside the analytical and legal skills developed through this, James also brings commercial acumen as a business owner of a large local employer.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
James was originally born and grew up just outside of Gloucester. After a year doing a season of snowboarding in Canada and then travelling around America, James then undertook a law degree and LPC at Cardiff University before taking up a traineeship at Foot Anstey's Plymouth office. Following the firm's merger with Truro based Hancock Caffin in 2007, James then moved down to Cornwall to assist with operations there. James now lives in Truro with his wife and two young sons.
What do you like to do in your free/spare time?
With two young boys in tow James generally has very little free/spare time in hand. Where permission can be negotiated, James nonetheless remains a keen snowboarder, and enjoys both road cycling and rugby (both playing and watching).