James Selby-Bennet | Poole Solicitors

James Selby Bennett



James is a consultant based in our Poole office and specialises in Corporate and Commercial work, often with an international element.

A strategic and tactical thinker James specialises in providing solutions to clients commercial problems. He has particular expertise in corporate and commercial matters including, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, banking, employment and International law.

As a Solicitor Advocate, James is well versed in the art of negotiation and problem solving and, when all other avenues have been exhausted, litigation. James is happy to go to battle for clients and has successfully brought a claim against the United Nations in New York for a local client.

James (who speaks fluent French, Spanish and Italian) has been the driving force behind Humphries Kirk’s international expansion and the development of the HK International Network. James successfully negotiated associations with chosen partner firms in France and Germany, and establishing co-operation relationships with firms in Japan, The United States, China, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain and Ireland.

“Having commanded an army regiment I am very aware of the need for team work to achieve results and so it is at Humphries Kirk.

From a commercial perspective, my view is always to understand my clients; the market in which they operate, their immediate needs and their long term aims. In that way I can ensure that the advice I give is relevant to their present circumstances but mindful of their future goals.

For my key clients, it’s about developing a relationship so that I am able to advise them when the important decisions need to be made and not simply react to a problem after the event.”  James Selby Bennett

Other Languages

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian


Memberships and Affiliations

  • Trustee of the Military Museums Charity of Devon & Dorset (‘The Keep’ Museum, Dorchester)
  • Advisor to the Dorset Visual Arts (Dorset’s largest art charity)
  • Manager of a  large  organic farming business and rural estate
  • Advisor to the Design Business Association, London
  • Chairman of the Dorset branch of the Country Landowners Association (CLA)
  • Member of the national CLA legal and property rights sub-committee
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member of the National Farmers Union (NFU)



Secretary – Sarah Ford
T: 01202 802332



Humphries Kirk Solicitors in Dorset, Somerset, Poole Office


  • 3 Acorn Business Park
  • Ling Road
  • Poole
  • BH12 4NZ

Free parking available.

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