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James Johnson

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Corporate & Commercial


James is a partner in our Corporate & Commercial team advising on commercial matters for a wide variety of clients. James' work includes private company mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, investments and fundraisings, shareholder agreements, LLP and partnership arrangements and commercial contracts. He has extensive experience in a number of commercial sectors including consumer goods, motor vehicles, construction and aggregates extraction and also advises a number of professional partnerships.


James joined the team as a partner in June 2014. Prior to joining Wilsons James was a partner at the City law firm Trowers & Hamlins which he joined in 2005 from Macfarlanes in London. James has also worked in-house at the accountancy firm Kingston Smith and the advertising and marketing group Omnicom.


James was an author of the directors meetings chapter in the ICSA Guide to the Companies Act 2006.

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Wilsons’ ‘balanced and measured approach’ is characteristic of the corporate partners’ ‘vast experience’, which for some includes years of practice at leading City firms. The team has historical strengths in tax and transaction structuring in the technology and charity sectors and was strengthened in 2017-2018 by a number of additions to the team. Of note, Philip Stephenson joined from Barlow Robbins LLP and was engaged by the main shareholders of CSI Group (with whom he had an extensive business relationship) to advise on the shareholders’ £36m exit transaction with a private equity-backed newco. Acting alongside Stephen Whitmore and Jonathan Stephens, Stephenson also assisted US-based Entrust Datacard on the UK aspects of its acquisition of Trustis. In the charity space, James Johnson acted for The Royal Marines Association in connection with its multimillion-pound merger with the The Royal Marines Charity. Senior corporate consultant Clare Charles joined the team from consultancy Bradbury Sheerin, while former Burges Salmon LLP senior associate Mark Cook joined in 2018.

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South West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

‘Excellent across the board’, Wilsons has a particular strength in legacy work. The firm acted for the three charities (Blue Cross, RSPB and RSPCA) in Ilott v Mitson, the first-ever case considered by the Supreme Court under the Inheritance Act 1975. Key clients include Help for Heroes and Action on Hearing Loss (previously known as RNID).  Clients praise the team for its ‘neat balance of a depth of legal and charity experience, which is deftly applied to complex situations’. Head of the practice, legal director Gillian Fletcher, advises on all aspects of charity law and governance, including the restructuring of charities, breaches of trust and, increasingly, compliance issues. Fletcher, along with James Johnson are credited as ‘well considered, practical, prompt, timely, polite and completely professional’. Peter Jeffreys focuses on charity legacy administration and the resolution of problem estates for charities, and has a special interest in dealing with cases of probate fraud for charities.

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