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James Bagley

Managing Partner, Nottingham

Direct line: 0115 945 4311

My expertise

Business Advisory ServicesAccounting and ComplianceAudit and AssuranceHealthcare and BiotechnologyCorporate Finance


I am Managing Partner of Smith Cooper and work in Business Advisory Services, advising a broad range of privately owned companies.  My focus is on helping them to develop and implement their corporate strategy, spanning acquisition, merger, integration, re-structuring, re-financing, and sale to realise equity value.

What can I do for your organisation?

In short, help you move your business forward.

More specifically, I can help with developing business plans, appraising investment options, forecasting, re-financing, advising on group structure from both a commercial and tax view point, deal support on company sale and purchase, and assist with exit planning.

Experience counts

I have been with Smith Cooper since 2004, joined the Nottingham office in 2010, in 2011 became a Partner and in 2016 became Managing Partner of the firm.

During my time here I have worked with clients in a wide range of sectors ranging from small owner managed businesses up to large groups with turnovers in excess of £100m, advising on all above points.  In addition, I have worked closely with a number of clients in a deal support role and have a strong grounding in the relevant tax implications of such transactions.

As a graduate of Newcastle University Business School, I have a first class degree with honours in Accounting and Finance and won an R J Weston Fund prize in my final chartered accountancy exams.

Deeper knowledge

In situations where time is of the essence, I have worked alongside clients advising them through various scenarios, including buying and selling businesses, re-financing, investment appraisal, and distressed business situations.

Personally speaking

Time away from work includes sporting pursuits... racquetball, golf, snow skiing, boating and watersports.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family, entertaining, being entertained, travelling and sharing new experiences.  Oh, and I do love gadgets!