James resolves situations which arise from property ownership, deals and relationships. He’s equally at home in drafting and advising on any purchase and sale agreement, lease, deed or mortgage as with resolving disputes through any of the available processes. James works hard to resolve disagreements where parties have run out of the ability to discuss matters and are on the verge of litigation and most often succeeds in this without there being litigation.
Particular areas of expertise in his practice are: the discharge and modification of restrictive covenants, acquisition of a freehold or extension of a lease or appointment of a manager or an RTM company using statutory rights, enforcing compliance with lease obligations, terminating and renewing leases of business premises, service charges disputes and helping persons with mental health problems in their property affairs.
James has a certificate of attendance on the Talk-for-Health programme, which has enabled him as an enhanced listener and a giver of empathic feedback. He regularly attends Chair & Share meetings in Camden and Islington.
James’s clients know him as a most careful and insightful lawyer, understanding of the big picture and the details, who brings a great knowledge of the law and its processes, who will tell them quite frankly when their wishes and best interests are in tension and who delivers a good outcome for a fee which is always within their expectations.
James is also a trustee and advises clients on their personal estate planning, wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. He knows where there are charges to various taxes and ensures that clients can receive the right advice on tax liabilities.
James works closely with other property professionals – including valuers, building surveyors, architects, party wall surveyors, acousticians and accountants – as well as with specialist barristers – to give clients deeper of appreciation of their matters and how to manage or resolve them. He is often against a pair of lawyers from any other firm, one from their conveyancing team and another from the litigation department.
James has worked in suburban practices, the City and West End.
He has gathered a client following from all over the country.
- Member of the Property Litigation Association
Articles & Publications
Over the years, James has contributed many articles and letters to the Landlord and Tenant Review and the Law Society Gazette. He has also written notes on legal topics which have attracted a lot of interest on various websites.