James is a Senior Associate in the Business Parks team.
Experienced in commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions and disposals, property investment and refinancing, portfolio and asset management, development options and overage agreements, property due diligence on corporate transactions and landlord and tenant issues including the grant of new leases, pre-let development agreements and complex lease regears.
In addition, he also advises on the property aspects of partnership arrangements, particularly within the healthcare sector, with an emphasis on the refinancing of partnership premises and property transfers on partnership buy-ins and buy-outs. He has particular experience in refinancing medical partnerships tied into poor deals with specialist lenders.
Clients include property and investment business MEPC and business parks owner Frasers Property UK. He also acts for a number of private companies taking leases of office and retail space, GP surgeries and veterinary practices.
Recent examples of how James has supported clients include:
- supporting Frasers Property UK in the disposal of a £7.5 million development site adjacent to one of their major business parks in a deal which needed to respect complex ecological constraints and ongoing section 106 planning obligations;
- managing lease regears for an institutional landlord to facilitate the relocation of multiple tenants on a business park who needed to move to accommodate their growth;
- negotiating an option agreement for a veterinary practice for the purchase of 11 acres of land to accommodate a new veterinary clinic, subject to planning permission; and
- supporting a property-owning GP partnership in facilitating the retirement of an existing partner, the buy-in of a new partner and a bank refinancing arrangement.