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“Know who you are dealing with. It is essential to have strong relationships with your clients and partners, this builds trust which is key to closing a deal. You should avoid creating obstacles; far too often lawyers tend to focus on finding problems with deals rather than addressing the issues head on and finding commercially workable legal solutions.”
“Prior to qualification as a lawyer, I qualified as a chartered company secretary and was exposed to many aviation companies whilst acting as their company secretary. It is an area which interested me greatly and having made the move to qualify as a lawyer I took the opportunity to move to a firm with a strong aviation practice in order to pursue this interest.”
James obtained an honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway and later attended and graduated from the Honorable Society of Kings Inns and subsequently the Law Society of Ireland. He also holds a Diploma in Legal Studies, a Diploma in Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators.
James trained and qualified with the international accountancy and tax firm KPMG in their Corporate Legal Advisory Services department. After 3 years he left KPMG to join the international food and beverage company, C&C Group Plc as Assistant Group Company Secretary and was involved in the company’s successful IPO on the Dublin and London Stock Exchanges.
Having spent 3 years with the company James then left industry to return to private practice and joined a leading professional services firm in Dublin, where he managed the technical legal services department for 2 ½ years.
James joined Flynn O’Driscoll in 2007 and advises clients in the areas of Aviation and Asset Finance; Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring; Commercial Law and Corporate Law. In particular, James has advised a number of international financiers on all aspects of cross-border aircraft financing and leasing including drafting and negotiating leasing and finance documentation as well as providing advices in relation to aircraft registration and the practical application of the Cape Town Convention. On the insolvency side James has advised a number of domestic companies throughout their insolvency process as well as providing legal advice to insolvency practitioners. James has advised both vendors and purchasers in relation to corporate acquisitions and disposals as well advising business owners and managers on day to day company law matters.