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James O'Connell

Partner

James specialises in assisting businesses and anyone wanting to start a business. He is also our Head of Vineyards & Wineries team as well as specialising in crypto-currencies and block chain.

If you want assistance with any aspect of business life then James would be delighted to speak with you, for example:

  • Starting and running your business
  • Guidance on tricky shareholder/management questions
  • Protecting your assets through contract, trademarks or copyright
  • Handling employment issues
  • Writing or reviewing a wide variety of commercial contracts
  • Anything connected with crypto-currencies or block chain generally.

Qualified as a solicitor in both England/Wales and Hong Kong, James has practiced law internationally and, in the City, (where he trained as a solicitor, qualified in 1988 and later worked for a private equity house). Having created and sold several companies himself, he understands the commercial and practical realities of setting up and running a business.

James was made Partner with the firm in April 2021.

James has had a varied career: he founded the Institute of Paralegals; was the first lay member of the City of Westminster Council’s Standards Committee and helped establish an Equality and Human Rights Commission working group to promote diversity in the professions.

He has made numerous presentations, including to the Vietnamese government on anti-counterfeiting law and was a member of a Hong Kong government advisory panel. He has published many articles and edited an FT Law & Tax book on management.

James has been very active in legal education, having been an Adjunct Professor to Syracuse University’s law school, an Associate Professor of Law at City University in Hong Kong and a law tutor for ICE at the University of Cambridge.

When not working James likes to relax to the point where, on occasion, he seems to be half man, half sofa. This doesn’t happen too often as he has a young family and Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society to contend with.  

Specialisms:

  • Business law
  • Vineyards & Wineries 
  • Crypto-currencies & block chain
James O'Connell

James O'Connell

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I needed some contracts drawing up for personal loans that required sensitive handling as they involved family members, while being legally watertight.

Following an initial conversation, MWB's James O’Connell was very helpful and quickly understood what was required. He helped me pin down what the agreements should cover and alerted me to some important issues I hadn't considered.

As it was time sensitive, he worked over a weekend to draft the agreements – which James emailed to me on Sunday evening before he went on leave.

An excellent service from first contact to completion. Highly recommended.

ASB

"Used James O'Connell's expertise for legal advice with regards a financial agreement. James was on the ball from the start and extremely helpful in explaining the agreement in plain English rather than lawyer jargon. Would just like to say thanks for his help and without doubt would recommend James."

RE - March 2021

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