James joined Finsbury in 2013 from The Independent and Evening Standard, where he was the retail and leisure reporter. He works in the consumer team in London and his current clients include Home Retail Group and Alliance Boots. James has a deep understanding of consumer companies, having written extensively about the challenges and opportunities they face for more than five years. Before he joined The Independent in 2008, he was news editor at the trade paper Retail Week, where he spent nearly three years. James started his career in journalism at the London bureau of the Asahi Shimbun, a leading Japanese newspaper, in 1997. He graduated from Warwick University.