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James Kearns

James Kearns

General Counsel & Director of Legal Services, Dragon Argent

Commercially astute and risk-aware, James is an accomplished lawyer with a wealth of experience as a corporate and commercial solicitor for start-ups & SMEs in the UK. James advises on a variety of matters including share and asset sales, equity investments, corporate reconstruction, shareholders' agreements, and a broad range of commercial contracts, in each case across a variety of industry sectors. James joined Dragon Argent as General Counsel in 2017, having previously worked in private practice at Collyer Bristow LLP.


Before practising law, James worked at a local newspaper, and later as a law reporter covering judgments given at the High Court and Court of Appeal. He then moved into publishing, working as a commissioning editor for two major legal publishing houses where he oversaw the commercial development of a large portfolio of print and online titles.