James is the Head of Legal at Crane, having spent the last decade as a UK-qualified solicitor predominantly advising early-stage investors, founders and companies on venture capital fundraising, shareholder arrangements, M&A, exits and other legal issues affecting early-stage companies.

Prior to joining Crane, James spent over 8 years as a senior member of the Corporate team at London law firm, Mishcon de Reya.  Within this period, he acted as seconded sole legal counsel to an investment manager, which managed over £12bn of funds.

Most recently James acted as Head of Legal to a family office venture capital investor, investing internationally in companies and funds.

James has also spent time working with tech incubators and accelerators and loves collaborating with founders to bring a pragmatic approach to solving legal issues.