OnHand Counsel - Independent Commercial Lawyers


OnHand Counsel provides the services of specialist company commercial solicitor Andrew James based in St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Are you:

  • A director or owner of an entrepreneurial or established family business?
  • Responsible for key business development issues in your business?
  • A professional business advisor looking for a better-value alternative to good quality full-service law firms to recommend to your clients?

Then you're the type of person we can help!

Do you have:

  • An important or complicated deal coming up in your business or at shareholder level?
  • experience of dealing with the corporate departments of City or good regional law firms, but would prefer to have full-time access to an experienced partner?
Then our services are for you!

Do you want a solicitor who is:

Then find out why our clients prefer us!

Permanent special offers:

Offer #1: If you get any scoped quote from any traditional full-service law firm’s company commercial department for any work within my areas of expertise, I will 1/ match it; 2/ knock at least 15% off it; and 3/ provide the service with a more experienced level of expertise and service. This is not a one-off offer; it is a permanent offer. It’s just the way it is.

Offer #2: Free introductory meeting. If you are a new potential client, I am always happy to meet you so we can introduce each other, learn more about each other and decide if we want to work with each other.


Association of Independent Business Lawyers

Andrew is the founder founder member of the Association of Independent Business Lawyers (AIBL), which launched in March 2013 with 15 founder members.  AIBL lawyers are all experienced specialists in their own area of law and they all share a lot in common with the OnHand Counsel approach. This makes AIBL and AIBL lawyers a formidable alternative to the traditional providers of legal services. Andrew's/OnHand Counsel's profile on the AIBL website is here.

AIBL itself grew out of a broader network of independent business lawyers (‘NIBL’) which Andrew had been at the forefront of establishing since he first started as an independent himself in 2009. NIBL itself has well over 100 members. Whilst many of these do not quite have all the features required to qualify as a member of AIBL, NIBL nvertheless provides a very strong and useful network for its members and their clients.

“...strong network available to you to give us advice on a range of issues”

“with his network of experienced specialist lawyers it really is worth talking to Andrew first whenever you need any legal work done for your business”

To book a free introductory meeting with Andrew, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or telephone 01727 867289




Andrew James

What clients say about Andrew James

“Good quality legal advice from an experienced lawyer at a fair price”

“You give me confidence that you will help us achieve the best outcome for our business”

“Andrew was a very conscientious and effective operator”

“Many organisations struggle to find a pragmatic and cost effective solution to the issue of accessing decent legal guidance from a suitably experienced lawyer and Andrew solves that problem”

“He is reliable and responsive and I would be happy to recommend him to any business owner who wants a pragmatic business lawyer offering excellent value for money and with a refreshingly personal touch."

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