It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Christopher James – Past President, Birmingham Law Society (1983-84).
Christopher James – Past President, Birmingham Law Society (1983-84).
Christopher was born on the 20th March 1932, to John Thomas Walters James, MC and Cicely Hilda James. He married Elizabeth Marion Cicely Thomson in 1958, and they had one son and one daughter.
Christopher was educated at Clifton College in Bristol, and later went on to study at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He served in the Royal Air force as a Lieutenant from 1951 to 1952, and in the TA from 1952-1960.
He was admitted as a solicitor in 1958, and worked as a Partner at Johnson & Co, Birmingham, and a senior partner from 1985-1987. He then became a Deputy Senior Partner at Martineau Johnson from 1987-89, before becoming Senior Partner from 1989-94. Christopher was a director of the Birmingham Building Society, then the Birmingham Midshires building from 1980-96, and was Chairman from 1990 to 1996.
He was the General Commissioner for Income Tax from 1974-1982, before becoming President of Birmingham Law Society from 1983-1984. He was chairman of the Kalamazoo Trust from 1997 to 2001, and was a council member at Edgbaston High School for Girls, and was Chairman from 1987-1990. He was a governor at Clifton College from 1980-1999.
In his spare time, he enjoyed photography, railways, trying to get the better of his computer and water colour painting.