Richard James

Managing Partner

Richard James

Managing Partner, Head of Commercial Business

t: 01823 288121

e: [email protected]

A corporate law specialist adept at helping businesses grow and achieve their ambitions, with a wealth of experience in advising businesses and individuals on commercial transactions.

Previously with a UK top-50 international law firm, based in the City of London and now a Partner at award-winning South West law firm Solicitors Title LLP and co-owner of Broomhead & Saul.

One of only a handful of specialist franchise lawyers in the UK. 

Used to working with household names such as Alliance Unichem (now Alliance Boots), Fujifilm, Photo-me International Plc and Clarks shoes; this allows us to bring the experience of working on complex projects for these kinds of clients to our present business law services.

Sector and industry experience includes: technology & media, franchising, retail, healthcare, food & drink, energy & utilities and not-for-profit.

Recommended for the third time in the latest 2021 edition of Legal 50

It is all about people

‘People think that law is all about paperwork‘, says Richard, ‘It’s actually all about people; fundamentally our role is to help people achieve their business objectives, drawing on our experience from helping similar clients.

  • Leading the transaction for the Approved Franchise Association in its merger with the British Franchise Association
  • The disposal of a business operating globally in the marine sector, for c.£3.2m
  • The £3m management buy-out MBO of a national IT supply company
  • Sale of the entire issued share capital of Stoberry Lettings Ltd to Countrywide Plc
  • Advising on commercial contracts for clients entering in to deals with Credit Suisse, MTV Europe and Farnborough International
  • Advising on commercial licensing for the EpiQuest Live infection control and prevention system, to be rolled out in hospitals throughout the UK

One of only a handful of specialist franchise lawyers in the UK.  With nearly 20 years of expertise in this area.  He recently established the first health and safety franchise in the UK, alongside work for well-known brands and advice to prospective franchisees.

He facilitated the expansion of the award-winning hair salon, Rush Hair by franchising its business.

His expertise in this field made him the natural choice to lead the landmark transaction on behalf of the Approved Franchise Association when it merged with the British Franchise Association.

Richard’s particular specialisms include:

  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Reorganisations and corporate restructuring
  • Domestic and international joint ventures
  • Investment and distribution arrangements
  • Private equity and corporate finance, in addition to franchising (for both franchisees and franchisors)
  • Start up advice
  • Exit strategies.
  • £81m acquisition of Bairds pharmacy group by Alliance Unichem Plc
  • Disposal of a paper processing business by Swedish Merchant Bank SEB for €120m
  • Disposal of milk production business/facility to Yeo Valley (Yeo Valley Organic)
  • Roll-out of stationary retailer Pukka Pads’ business internationally
  • Expansion of award-winning hair salon Rush Hair via franchising

Feedback from clients

Richard’s clients acknowledge his can-do attitude and his provision of ‘timely and professional advice with great attention to detail‘.  Yet he is friendly, approachable and takes the time to get to know his clients and he is also commended for his ‘great knowledge‘ and the way he ‘always makes it sound all so simple!

Richard has a deserved reputation as a “sharp and expert negotiator”.  He focuses on the commercial need to get the deal done whilst ensuring every important detail is covered.

The decision to use Solicitors Title was made so much easier when we met face to face with Richard James‘ – Jerome Timbrell, Award Winning C2 Safety

Thank you Richard James for all of your help in resolving the issues we have had with our old landlord, who was the previous owner of our business. As you are aware, our business is probably the oldest of its kind still trading in Exeter, so it was important for us to be able to resolve these issues quickly. Thank you for a job well done; fast and efficient and I would certainly recommend your services‘. – Chris Lewis, owner of Leymans Jewellers, Exeter

The Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Legal 500, 2021: acknowledges that “Solicitors Title LLP has carved out a practice advising local technology sector SMEs on commercial contracts and data protection issues”.

“On the corporate side, department head Richard James has experience in MBOs, joint ventures, M&A and restructurings”.

Legal 500, 2017: acknowledges: “particular experience of commercial and corporate matters in the tech and IP space” alongside work for clients in the automotive and healthcare industries, dealing with “joint venture arrangements, multi-million-pound MBOs, commercial licensing matters and investment structures.”

Legal 500, 2016: commented: “particular expertise in the technology and media sectors. Richard James ‘has both the knowledge and experience to equal that of any London corporate firm; a rare find.”

Legal 500, 2022: Richard James, is highlighted as ‘clearly a technically skilled solicitor’, is an expert in the exploitation of intellectual property and franchising.