""James is very commercial and has immense experience. He is highly empathetic and fits in as part of the team" "
James is a real estate lawyer specialising in development, investment and real estate finance. He advises on all stages of the development process, including strategic land, site assembly, pre-lets and forward funding. James also works with property investors on acquisitions and disposals, and managing their existing stock to protect the value of their investments.
James leads our real estate finance team nationally, acting both for major commercial lenders on property-based funding transactions, and for borrowers seeking funding whether by secured debt or interim development finance.
His recent experience includes advising:
- a national developer on the acquisition, pre-let and forward funding of a £38m logistics hub in the West Midlands;
- a private investment company on securing a long-term option and promotion agreement for a 400 acre strategic development site in Staffordshire;
- a major UK lending institution on an £18m development and investment facility secured against a portfolio of 34 commercial properties;
- a West-Midlands based property investment vehicle on the £70m refinancing and redevelopment of a flagship office building in central Birmingham.
James joined Shoosmiths from Wragge & Co in 2004 and was made a partner in the firm’s real estate practice in 2012.
LLB (hons), first class ( Nottingham University )