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Shoosmiths LLP

James Needham

James Needham



James is a real estate lawyer specialising in commercial development, funding and strategic land. James has particular experience acting for developers in forward funded pre-let developments and on the preparation, servicing and phased disposal of strategic mixed use and residential sites.

His recent experience includes advising:

  • a national developer on the acquisition, pre-let and forward funding of a £38 million logistics hub in the West Midlands;
  • an international logistics company taking a lease of a purpose-built automated warehousing and office facility at a major new logistics park in the East Midlands;
  • a private investment company on securing a long-term option and promotion agreement for a 400 acre strategic development site in Staffordshire;
  • a major UK lending institution on an £18 million development and investment facility secured against a portfolio of 34 commercial properties; and
  • a West Midlands based property investment vehicle on the £70 million refinancing and redevelopment of a flagship office building in central Birmingham.

James joined Shoosmiths from Wragge & Co (now Gowlings) in 2004 and was made a partner in the firm’s real estate practice in 2012.


LLB (hons), first class - Nottingham University
Areas of Practice

Banking and finance | Landlord and Tenant | Other legal services | Planning and environment | Real estate

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