Duncan James

Duncan James is regional head for the East Midlands and is supported by office heads Roger Harcourt in Nottingham and Roy Botterill in Leicester.

Shakespeare Martineau works with business of all sizes in the East Midlands, but is exceptionally well-known for its work in life sciences, healthcare, medtech, TMT, education, real estate, commercial, logistics and rural developments.

From small family businesses to global institutions, the team of legal professionals and advisors provide support for companies at any stage of their lifecycle. As well as helping navigate bumps in the road, from disputes to disposals.

As well as heading up the East Midlands region, Duncan is also head of the corporate team and specialises in corporate finance, family business, mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

Duncan has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs and ambitious family businesses looking to grow as well as supporting exit strategies and succession planning.

Duncan said: “I’m personally very invested in the East Midlands region; this is not just where I work, it’s my home (and where I grew up) and I take great pride in supporting clients and businesses to thrive in the region.

“As a firm we always look to be on the front-foot in addressing threats and opportunities of major projects and initiatives affecting the region. And during these uncertain times, we will continue to monitor and proactively engage in local and national developments, ensuring our clients are made aware of the implications – both positive and negative – ahead of time.”