James Williams


James Williams

Partner Manchester Restructuring & Insolvency

James joined JMW in August 2020 into the Restructuring and Insolvency Department, having previously trained and qualified at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

James has wide experience in:

  • contentious and non-contentious corporate recovery and insolvency;
  • all types of distressed business and asset sales and purchases;
  • disposal of real property on behalf of office holders, particularly involving complex title issues;
  • board advisory and transactional matters, including advice on restructuring, turnaround and director's duties;
  • pursuing and defending officeholder claims against directors;
  • distressed lending and refinancing; and
  • personal insolvency matters.

James’ client base includes insolvency officeholders, lenders, company directors and corporates seeking restructuring advice and debt enforcement.

James has written several of articles which have been published in Corporate Rescue and Insolvency (Lexis).

James graduated from Durham University with a 2:1 degree in Politics in 2007 and spent a year aboard studying at the University of Uppsala and at the Försvarshögskolan in Stockholm. Following this, James achieved a distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law and a distinction on the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York and was awarded a first class Law degree.

James has been noted for "his ability to handle restructuring and insolvency proceedings involving complex business and property arrangements" by Chambers and Partners with his clients citing that "he has proved knowledgeable, responsive and commercial" and that "working with James instils a sense of confidence in the course you are taking.".


  1. June 2019 - A case study in receivership practice: Devon Commercial Property Limited v Robert Adrian Barnett, Robert John Blecher
  2. April 2019 - Do Receivers have overreaching powers? - Stanley v a debtor (2019) (unreported)
  3. December 2018 – What is market value and how can officeholders demonstrate it has been obtained 
  4. June 2018 - Rescue Culture - MK Airlines Limited (In Liquidation) (the “Company”) - Administration expenses, misfeasance and priority
  5. August 2017 - No Way Out: When consumer protections have the opposite effect - A consideration of the impact of the Mortgage Credit Directive on s271 of the Insolvency Act 1986
  6. April 2017 - Reining in a charge : Protecting Receiver’s fees in case of a breakdown in relationship with the mortgagee
  7. October 2016 - The role of agricultural charges
  8. April 2016 - Dissolution: practical advice to mortgagees on asset realisation
  9. February 2016 – Do the restrictions on the sale of charity land imposed by the Charities Act 2011 bind an administrator of a charitable corporation?
  10. December 2015 – A Swift solution: Can you enforce under a mistakenly released mortgage?
  11. September 2015 – Effect of the new sections in the Insolvency Act relating to Essential Supplies

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