Jim is an experienced specialist town and country planning lawyer, whose practice also includes compulsory purchase, highway law, rights of way and the law of commons and town and village greens.
His early career was spent as an engineering technician in Local Government and then as an infrastructure designer in the housebuilding industry, before reading for a law degree at UWE Bristol and then training with Burges Salmon in Bristol.
On qualification in 2001, he joined Burges Salmon’s Planning Team and later spent four and a half years as sole legal counsel to M J Gleeson Group plc, before returning to private practice.
Jim is also a Board Trustee with Emmaus, Bristol, a charity helping people out of homelessness.
*James Ryan is a Consultant at Acuity Law working on a self-employed basis*
Jim has been shortlisted for the Award for Partnership Working category of the Planning Awards 2021
The Planning & Environmental Team is ranked Tier 2 in The Legal 500.