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James Croyston


What gets me out of bed in the morning

The prospect of being exposed to new ideas, solving a tricky problem, meeting and working with interesting people. The promise of variety. The chance to give advice that really helps someone. Strong coffee. My toddler.

An entrepreneur I admire

I admire all the usual visionaries who have changed the way we live our lives, mainly through new technology. Their understanding of human nature and behaviour is sublime. Closer to home I have met young entrepreneurs who strive daily to bring their vision to reality. I’m constantly impressed by the quality of their ideas, clarity of thought and drive to succeed. The entrepreneurial climate we are currently enjoying is incredibly exciting and I feel very lucky to participate in it.

The fine print

  • Key practices: General commercial and IT
  • Education and training: University of Manchester (BA (Hons) Psychology), Inns of Court School of Law (now City University) (Senior Status LLB (Hons)), Inns of Court School of Law (LPC)
  • Legal roles: fieldfisher, XL Catlin, IHS Markit
  • Other interests: Start-ups (investing, advising, participating), football (playing and following Man Utd), reading about tech, travel with my family, enjoying the sunshine and trying to make time slow down.
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