James Keliher


James is a partner in our corporate and commercial team in Exeter.

Qualifying in March 1983, he has over 30 years’ experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, management buy-outs, partnerships and LLPs.

He provides advice to SMEs and family owner-managed businesses, often preparatory to a sale.  James works across a wide range of sectors including hotels, holiday parks, manufacturing, postal delivery services, quarries, waste disposal and property development.

James was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the Fifth Edition of The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Corporate Law.

His recent work includes advising on:

  • sale and leaseback of a hotel in the South West to the Unilever pension fund
  • advising on the disposal of a South West hotel group with different family interests
  • MBO of a postal services company in London/the North West buying out the majority private equity shareholder
  • reorganisation of a quarrying company in the South West
  • distressed purchase of a company redeveloping a sports club and residential apartment block in South West London.

James is a Trustee of Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust.

Outside work, James enjoys sailing, tennis, walking and skiing.

Chambers 2019 - extensive experience in MBOs, development and M&A work. He has specific expertise in the leisure and real estate sectors.

Recommended Lawyer - Legal 500 2016. Legal 500 is an independent guide to the legal profession who recognises top lawyers.

Chambers 2016 - James is ranked as a band 2 lawyer.


Corporate Team Testimonials

The Corporate Team are described by Legal 500 (2018)as ‘a strong regional player providing an extensive range of services’ to a client base primarily composed of local and regional SMEs and owner-managed businesses in the food and drink, healthcare, caravan park and energy and natural resources sectors.


Chambers (2019):   A market commentator says: "They are an excellent firm and I consider them to be the number one lawyers in Cornwall. They have a great breadth of knowledge and expertise." Sources also report that "they are very client-focused and put the hours and travelling in to accommodate tight deadlines."

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