James Downey
Corporate & Commercial Lawyer

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 law 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


James likes to spend his spare time keeping fit and enjoys running, swimming, tennis and golf (when time permits). He is also a keen skier, retaining an interest in a ski chalet business that he set up with his wife in 2012.

Telephone: 020 7504 7071 ext 42
Mobile: 07980 603455