“Afridi delivers international quality advice on local law matters. The team meets deadlines and bring a commercial understanding to their work product. They are also responsive and personable in their dealings.” - Legal 500 EMEA

Areas of Expertise

  • Anti-Bribery, Corruption and UAE Compliance
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Estate and Wealth Planning
  • Franchising and Licensing
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial and Manufacturing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Telecommunications, Media and Technology


  • Professional
  • Law Society of Ontario (barrister and solicitor)
  • Legal Affairs Department, Dubai (legal consultant)
  • Languages
  • English
  • Academic
  • LL.B., Queen's University, Canada, 2004
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Siam University, Thailand, 2001
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist, Sanctions Risk and Third-Party Due Diligence, webinar organised by Dun & Bradstreet, 25 August 2021
  • Panelist, “Partners”: The Future Evolution of External Counsel Relationships, ACC Middle East inaugural half-day conference, 6 February 2019, Dubai
  • Presenter, Risk & Innovation in the Digital Age, seminar organised by The Oath as part of the GC Talk Series, 25 April 2018, Dubai
  • Presenter, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, seminar organised by the ACC and Afridi & Angell, 1 November 2017, Dubai
  • Panelist,Building resilience and seizing opportunities, Control Risks’ RiskMap 2016 Conference, 21-22 February 2016, Abu Dhabi & Dubai
  • Presenter, Cyber Security: Responding to a Cyber Crisis, Afridi & Angell and Control Risks client seminar, 2 February 2016, Dubai
  • Panelist, MENA M&A Landscape: trends, challenges and winning strategies, The American Lawyer’s Global M&A Playbook, 28 October 2015, New York
Awards & Testimonials

“Very personable, detail-oriented and commercial.”

Chambers Global 2020 


“Fantastic – he’s solution-oriented, easy to talk to and very business-savvy.”

Chambers Global 2020 


“A very solid individual – responsive, trustworthy and personal while also providing commercially, technically excellent and realistic advice.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2019


“Practical and knowledgeable.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2018


James is an experienced transactional and corporate/commercial practitioner, having trained and practiced both in Ontario and with Afridi & Angell in Dubai for many years.  He is well regarded by clients for his pragmatic approach and commercial awareness, success in complex negotiations, and for his exceptionally service-oriented attitude. James represents clients of all sizes and across many industries.  He has developed significant subject matter expertise in a number of sub-specialisations, most notably IT contracting, trusts, and estate planning, and is frequently sought after for his advice in these areas.


James spearheaded the firm’s initiative to establish its Toronto office, which he now heads, taking advantage of the firm’s many Canadian ties and bringing the Afridi & Angell service standard to Canadian clientele.


Afridi & Angell Professional Corporation (Toronto, Canada) brings to our Canadian clients the highest standards of advice and client service for which Afridi & Angell is known.  Our Toronto office provides legal and advisory services in the following areas:


  • M&A and transactional advice, support and execution;
  • Commercial contract advisory, negotiation and drafting;
  • Corporate structuring;
  • Anti-money laundering and anti-bribery compliance;
  • Private client support and estate planning (advisory and implementation family agreements, wills, international planning opportunities and vehicles, trusts and foundations);
  • IT outsourcing and contracting;
  • Complex commercial negotiation; and
  • Consulting on Canada-UAE opportunities and cross-border legal issues.