James Downey
Corporate & Commercial Partner

James Downey

James is a city trained corporate lawyer and also a successful entrepreneur retaining an interest in a business he co-founded.


James has advised on a wide range of transactions including fundraising and investments, M&A, joint ventures, group reorganisations and general corporate and commercial advisory work for public and private companies.  He also has specialist in-house legal experience supporting fast growth businesses having worked with Legal Edge and for GE Capital. James qualified as a UK Lawyer in 2007 after a career as a Tornado Navigator in the RAF.

Work History

  • 2020: Joined Nexa Limited
  • 2018: Consultant at Peregrine Law
  • 2018: Consultant at Legal Edge
  • 2015-2016: Legal Counsel at GE Capital
  • 2012: Director at White Mountain Chalets Limited
  • 2007-2013: Associate at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
  • 2005-2007: Trainee Solicitor at Eversheds LLP
  • 1992-2002: Tornado GR1/4 Navigator in the RAF


  • Asset and share sales and purchases
  • Commercial contracts
  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate restructuring
  • Fundraising business investments and exits
  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers and acquisitions
Consultant Lawyer

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