James is a Partner within our core Real Estate team and has specific expertise as a development lawyer, acting for commercial and residential developers. He heads up Shoosmiths' Residential Development group in the North of England.

James’ recent project experience includes:

  • leading the team at Shoosmiths acting for Marston's plc across the client's various development programmes, dealing with out-of-town new pub and lodge sites, convenience store conversions and in-town bar developments;
  • heading up the North West teams working for major house builder clients, including Vistry Partnerships and Bellway Homes. He has particular experience in deals involving registered providers;
  • acting for Allied London across a number of its Manchester City Centre developments, including the iconic No.1 Spinningfields building; and
  • advising on a number of land promotion schemes in the north west.

His development experience has also led James to be recommended to act on behalf of a number of grass roots sports clubs in respect of their relocation to new sporting facilities.

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.


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