James is General Counsel at the Art Loss Register, the world’s largest private database of stolen and looted art and antiquities, as well as items subject to security interests or held in trust. The database now holds records of over half a million items. The ALR offers a due diligence service to the international art market to assist in identifying items that are subject to a claim, thereby protecting those in the market from financial and reputational damage. James also leads the ALR’s recovery team which, at any one time, is working on the recovery of hundreds of stolen or looted items identified through this system.
Prior to joining the ALR in 2013 James previously worked as a solicitor in London; having originally trained as an archaeologist with a particular interest in Sasanian period Iran, and the development of landscape parks and gardens in England.