James is a construction and engineering specialist and head of the firm's Real Estate division in Leeds. He has extensive experience of large scale regeneration and development projects, civil engineering and infrastructure, energy, process plant and utilities, as well as work for central and local government.

Notable projects include advising on the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme, major urban regeneration schemes for Muse and Isis, acting on construction for some of the country's largest on-shore wind farm developments and work in the nuclear sector for high profile clients such as the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory.