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James Souter, Partner

James is recognised as an expert in the fields of enfranchisement and rights of light.



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.

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