• I am a property lawyer specialising in the healthcare sector. I have considerable experience acting on estates matters for a range of clients that include NHS trusts and foundation trusts, commissioners of NHS services (including CCGs and NHS England), independent providers of healthcare services, as well as national bodies such as the Department of Health, Community Health Partnerships and NHS Property Services Limited.

    I offer pragmatic, commercial and cost effective advice to my clients and recognise the importance of delivering projects on time and within budget. I am recognised as a recommended individual in the Legal 500 2016 in the Health Sector.

    Publications

    I have contributed a number of articles on aspects of the funding of primary care premises to GP Newspaper and other publications. In addition, I have contributed on several occasions to Property Law Journal and Landlord and Tenant Review, including, in particular, on the subject of the rights of undocumented occupiers.

  • My particular career highlights include:                                                      

    • providing extensive strategic advice to NHS England on the statutory framework governing investment in primary care premises;
    • advising on all aspects of the use and occupation of NHS LIFT premises; and
    • advising on numerous high value disposals of surplus NHS land to unlock capital receipts for my clients

    I have a very detailed knowledge of the health sector and its current challenges. I advised extensively on the abolition of Primary Care Trusts and I have been involved in estates related work on the development of New Models of Care and on devolution projects. 

  • Property Focus

    18/02/2020

    Developers and rights of light – don’t be left in the dark!

    Property Focus

    27/11/2019

    Agreements for lease – getting up close and personal

    Property Focus

    28/05/2019

    Mears Ltd v Costplan Services (South East) Ltd [2019] – when is practical completion complete?

    Property Focus

    25/04/2019

    Churston Golf Club v Haddock [2019] – don’t fence me in!

    Property Focus

    14/02/2019

    Modifying restrictive covenants – one house or two?

James's areas of expertise

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