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James specialises in complex, big-ticket investment transactions across a range of real estate sectors and sub-sectors.

As a multi-disciplinary lawyer, James frequently acts on structured corporate and private equity real estate transactions. He has acted on some of the most high-profile deals in the market in recent years. His clients include private equity real estate firms, institutional investors, property companies, sovereign wealth funds, lenders and foreign investors investing in the UK market.

In addition to transactional work, James acts on development and leasing and leads the firm’s asset management team for The Leadenhall Building (also known as “The Cheesegrater”).


Representative Experience

  • C C Land on its acquisition of The Leadenhall Building for £1.15 billion in 2017, at the time the second largest single asset transaction ever done in the UK real estate market.
  • C C Land on its investment in Nine Elms Square, Battersea, a £470m property on entry and a multi-billion pound gross development value development project.
  • Magdalen College, Oxford on the formation of its £400m joint venture with GIC to invest in and develop The Oxford Science Park.
  • The Oxford Science Park joint venture on acquisitions, disposals, lettings and a refinancing at The Oxford Science Park.
  • Investcorp on its acquisition of a portfolio of industrial properties.
  • Chancerygate on the formation of a joint venture with Hines to acquire a develop a portfolio of logistics properties.
  • Tristan Capital on its acquisition of the Point A Hotels portfolio for £420m.
  • Hines on the sale of 60 Holborn Viaduct for £360m.
  • Tristan Capital on the acquisition of Reading International Business Park for £140m.
  • Tristan Capital on its acquisition of The Oren, Hampstead.
  • Auriens on the financing and structuring of its development in Chelsea.