James Palmer is chair and senior partner at Herbert Smith Freehills. He specialises in corporate law, governance and financial regulation. James has been with the firm for 34 years and advises clients on transactions, governance, strategic and reputational challenges and negotiations. He has had extensive involvement in many of the significant developments in UK and EU law and regulation across takeovers, capital markets, company law and corporate governance, including in particular the UK law on directors' duties and liabilities and shareholder derivative actions. Over the last few years James has been closely involved in the debate with the UK government and policy makers on the terms of the UK/EU trading relationship post Brexit and on the UK’s new proposed foreign direct investment (FDI) regime. Since COVID-19, he has worked with legislators on deregulatory measures for companies to address governance process simplification, as well as being on TheCityUK‘s Recapitalisation Group developing proposals for the UK Treasury Department and the Bank of England, for the recapitalisation of UK businesses post COVID-19. James has contributed to a wide array of legal publications, writing on his field of expertise.