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Fee Earner Q&A with James Whittaker (Insolvency)


James Whittaker

James Whittaker (pictured), joined Bermans in 2019 and is a Partner in our Insolvency team. We spoke to him to learn more about him and his work.

1. Can you give us a brief summary of your career so far?

I trained at DWF in Liverpool prior to joining the commercial litigation team at Weightmans.  I returned to the insolvency team at DWF before joining the insolvency team at Bermans as a Senior Associate in 2019.  I was promoted to Partner in January 2024.

2. What area of the law do you specialise in and why?

Insolvency law – I enjoy the technical challenge of being an insolvency lawyer, and the varied nature of the job, which can be both contentious and non-contentious.

3. Is there a case or a particular piece of work you were proud to be involved with, if so why?

I am proud of assisting a client to reach a favourable settlement of a significant claim worth c£18m brought by a liquidator for misfeasance arising out of the company’s use of tax avoidance schemes.

4. Away from the law what are your interests and passions?

I enjoy cycling (both road and mountain bike, but predominantly road cycling) and also following professional racing.  I also enjoy camping and currently trying to tick of as many Wainwrights as possible!  I am also a keen Liverpool FC fan.

Bullet Round…

Sports & Teams Supported: Liverpool FC

Films (Top 3): Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting, The Godfather

Music (3 tracks/albums to take on Desert Island):

  1. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
  2. Dream Theater – Awake
  3. Sleep Token – Take Me Back to Eden

Boxsets: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, House, 24

Podcasts you listen to/recommend: The Geraint Thomas Cycling Club

Meal: Steak and chips

Holiday destination: Anywhere where there is decent cycling!

Favourite book: 1984

3 people for a dinner party and why?

  1. Steven Gerrard –  Obviously being a Liverpool fan!
  2. Bradley Wiggins – He is responsible for getting me into road cycling, and would like to hear about his incredible 2012 season.
  3. Joe Simpson –  Joe is a mountaineer who wrote the book “Touching the Void” based on his near death experience mountaineering in the Peruvian Andes.

Get in touch with James 


t: 0161 827 4605

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