James specialises in all disputes relating to the use and occupation of land. He also has a significant advisory practice aimed at dispute avoidance. He has a wide-ranging client base which includes developers, investors, corporate, leisure and retail occupiers and high-net-worth individuals. He has considerable experience acting for clients in the higher courts and specialist property tribunals.
James has a particular interest in rights of light and is a member of the executive committee of the UK chapter of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He is ranked as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in Legal 500.
James is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- Acting for Scottish Widows on a multi-million-pound damages claim by a tenant of a trading estate on the outskirts of London. The tenant succeeded in the High Court but the decision was subsequently reversed by the Court of Appeal
- Acting for Stonegate Pub Company in relation to the management of its portfolio of pubs and bars across England and Wales.
- Acting for the Howard de Walden Estate in relation to the management of its London Estate including a variety of ground-breaking claims which have helped to clarify the law in relation to the enfranchisement of flats
- Advising the Direct Line Group in relation to the successful exercise of a complex conditional break clause in the lease of a large office building in Bristol.