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"A key feature of his approach is a commercial astuteness and pragmatism"
Darren Leary, Development Director - Galliford Try
James is a real estate lawyer with a broad range of experience of all aspects of commercial property but principally acts for developers in the leisure and residential sectors.
James leads Shoosmiths' Residental Developent team in the North region.
He is also a member of the firm's sports law group and has specialist experience in the relocation of grass roots sports clubs.
James’ recent project experience includes:
- leading the teams acting for Marston's plc on their aggressive acquisition programmes, dealing with out of town new pub and lodge sites and in town new bar developments. He also leads their convenience store development programme;
- heading the Northern region team working for major house builder clients, including Galliford Try and Bellway Homes. He has particular experience in deals involving registered providers;
- acting for Allied London on the development and letting of the No.1 Spinningfields building in Manchester; advising on a number of land promotion schemes in the North West;
- acting on behalf of Birmingham Exiles RFC in a relocation and redevelopment deal involving Birmingham Airport.
James studied law at the University of Bristol and the College of Law Chester. He trained and qualified at Halliwells and joined Shoosmiths in May 2011.
LLB (Hons) ( Bristol University )