James is a solicitor working within the Rural department based at our Blackburn office. James advises clients on a range of legal issues affecting farmers, landowners and rural businesses. Issues including; land and property sales and purchases granting or surrender of easements, development clawback and option agreements, as well as partnership agreements and dissolutions.
James was named as a 'rising star' in the 2021 Legal 500 guide.
James joined Napthens in 2015 as a trainee. He gained a broad range of experience in specialist departments before qualifying into the Rural team, specialising in rural and agricultural law.
James joined Napthens in April 2015 as a trainee solicitor and qualified into the rural team as a solicitor in April 2017. He grew up in Bury and later moved to Brierfield. He completed his law degree and LPC at Manchester Metropolitan university.
James has always been around the rural community, regularly spending time on his grandparents’ farm when growing up. Whilst studying for his law degree he worked at Clitheroe Auction Mart.
When not at the office he can usually be found in the midst of his poultry pens or building another aviary for his pheasants. He is a founder member of Craven Poultry Keepers Club whilst keeping and showing various breeds of poultry. He also keeps various breeds of ornamental pheasants.
More about James Stocker
If you had an alternative career – what would be your fantasy job?
When I was younger my dream job was to play professional cricket. I played for a number of local teams and trialled at Lancashire for their youth team. Unfortunately a few too many broken arms prevented me from pursuing this further.
What 3 items would you take with you on a desert island?
An iPhone so that I could listen to my music as well as some form of solar charger. My third item would have to be more practical; an axe or machete so that I could build a shelter.
Who would be your ultimate 3 dinner guests?
My three ultimate dinner guests would be Steven Gerrard, Andrew Flintoff, and James Corden. Gerrard and Flintoff are two of my idols and I think Corden is hilarious.