James is passionate about property. He has extensive knowledge of the prime central London residential market and frequently deals with highly complex, high-value and high-profile cases. Working tirelessly for his clients to ensure that every deal is done on time, James identifies and simplifies complicated issues, often involving multiple jurisdictions and sophisticated structures, while providing common sense advice and seeking practical solutions.
James is a senior lawyer in the real estate department and specialises in residential property. He is well known for his unparalleled drive and enthusiasm in acting for individuals and corporations from around the world. His work involves advising clients on their acquisitions, disposals, ownership restructurings (including de-envelopments), lease extensions and enfranchisement matters.
A recent highlight saw James advising an international client on the de-envelopment of multiple companies registered in several jurisdictions involving a portfolio of properties located in two of the world's most expensive luxury apartment blocks. He also acted for an international client in their purchase of one of the world's most expensive and high-profile homes.
A significant part of James's practice sees him acting for private banks on secured lending matters. He recently acted for an international private bank in their loan of £100m, secured against multiple mixed-use London properties. He also has a large practice advising on property issues arising on family breakdowns. For example, he recently acted for a mother in a schedule 1, Children Act 1989 claim against a father, undertaking advocacy work in the High Court and securing favourable property terms.
Clients value James for the way in which he tackles difficult issues with sensitivity, and that he takes great pride in providing a dedicated and personal service.
James qualified as a solicitor in 2003.