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Background and industry experience

James is a Partner in the Farms department where he advises on business structure, strategic direction, business reviews and appraisals, as well as managing ‘in hand’ farms owned by clients. He also supervises and runs a large number of contract farming and joint venture arrangements. James advises clients on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) scheme legislation and conservation grant schemes. James has also been involved in securing grant funding, from what was the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) and is now DEFRA, for a number of clients who have undertaken various diversification ventures.

James has been in the industry for over 20 years and has a high level of specialist technical expertise combined with practical experience and local knowledge, enabling him to give sound and innovative business advice to his clients. He is a member of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC) and is on the funding committee for the Worshipful Company of Farmers. James lives in the Vale of Belvoir with his wife and two children and is still involved with his family farm. He enjoys participating in all aspects of rural pursuits, plays cricket, shoots clays, watches rugby and enjoys travelling.

About me

What year did you start your job?

Why did you join Fisher German?

What has been your favourite project and why?
Difficult to say, as they are all so different. It is particularly rewarding when tenders for clients are successful, agricultural justification reports that assist in dwellings being granted planning permission, or being involved in business restructuring and diversification ventures, as all of these projects help rural businesses to expand and grow.

Most admired, non-property brand?

Top pastime?
Being with family and friends

Best holiday destination?
Western Australia

One item to take to a desert island?
Satellite phone

Who would you like to be stranded in a lift with?
Anyone except my lovely wife. She’s claustrophobic and this would be her worst nightmare. Being stuck in a lift with her would be a truly awful experience for both of us!

What’s your favourite film of all time?
Too many to say!