James Orloff


Corporate & Commercial

James is a commercially astute and proactive lawyer with expertise in private company mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and business-to-business contractual matters frequently involving intellectual property and IT.

James works predominantly in the technology, digital, manufacturing, hospitality and creative sectors with clients ranging from independent magazine publishers, architect and interior design studios, a major opera company, and professional services firms, to cutting edge software developers and, more recently, a global defence corporation.

He prides himself on developing long-term relationships with his clients, acting for them as accessible, user-friendly and trusted advisor.

James has been recognised for his IT work in the Legal 500.


  • General corporate advisory, including corporate aspects of financing arrangements
  • Shareholder agreements and arrangements
  • Seed and growth capital investments
  • Acquisitions and disposals of private trading businesses and property-holding companies, often with an offshore structure
  • Reorganisations and restructurings
  • Contractual joint ventures
  • Business-to-business and IT contracts
  • Trading terms and conditions
  • General contractual advisory, IP and data protection matters

Recent Experience


Advising on the sale, by way of share disposal, of an £18m Chelsea mansion held in a BVI-registered corporate.

Advising a PLC on its expedited trade acquisition by way of share purchase with earn out of a complementary electronics business based in the UK with Hong Kong and Dongguan subsidiaries.

Acting for and supporting in-house counsel in relation to an intragroup disposal of assets, exit from a longstanding joint venture and restructuring the share capital of the disposing entity in readiness for its winding up.

Advising in relation to numerous investment and shareholder agreements and in respect of general corporate and financing matters.

Outside Work

James is a keen cyclist, foodie and father of three children. He is also Clerk to the Governors, and Company Secretary, of Alford House, one of London’s oldest youth clubs, which provides facilities, activities and pastoral support to disadvantaged young people in Lambeth.