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James Styles

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James Styles Consultant

Contact details

James Styles

James Styles
Consultant

T: +44 20 7809 2529 Email James | Vcard Office: London

James is a commercial property transaction specialist in our real estate department. He has experience with a broad range of commercial property transactions, especially on investment property transactions for funds (often with complex tax structuring) and corporate property requirements.
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James advises on all aspects of commercial property transactions.  He has extensive experience advising high profile property funds on high value property investments ranging from office and retail developments to more specialist work on distribution centres and supermarkets.

James is skilled at dealing with many of the more unusual aspects of real estate.  Often in the context of corporate acquisitions or investments, James has advised on acquisitions and developments of ports, airports, mines, wind farms, solar farms, heat pipe plants, geo-thermal plants, fracking, student accommodation, offices, retail parks, shops, car parks, supermarkets, warehouses, distribution hubs, motorway service stations, exhibition halls, power stations, race tracks, caravan parks and pubs.

Chambers UK described him as "pleasant to deal with and commercial - a class act". The Legal 500 have ​regarded James as a highly rated individual.

Latest news & insights

03 Jul 2017

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Concessions on the side – the risk with side letters

Side letters are common in practice. They're often used to agree 'personal' or 'one off' arrangements that are intended to be private and which may not bind successors..

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03 Apr 2017

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Say what you really mean… the importance of clarity

In our day to day lives we often use language that can be interpreted in more than one way. We think that we're being clear, but ambiguity can lead to unexpected resul..

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07 Feb 2017

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#10ThingSH you need to know about the Housing White Paper 2017

We set out the ten key things that we think you should know about the proposals contained within the 2017 Housing White Paper.

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03 Jan 2017

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Modify your behaviour…restrictive covenants and development

In the first of our 2017 real estate briefing notes we look at a question on development and restrictive covenants.

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01 Nov 2016

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Mixed use: "The resi service charge is not my problem…"…or is it?

You're a commercial property investor. It's been hard to find yield over the last few years. You adapt to the market and diversify your search criteria. You spot a goo..

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01 Sep 2016

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"Keep the noise down – I'm trying to work!"

The market's a bit choppy and you need to maximise the value of your portfolio. By adding a new floor to one of your properties you'll significantly increase its valu..

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11 Jul 2016

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Get off my land!

You own a piece of land. Perhaps part is built on or perhaps it’s entirely vacant, ear marked for future development. Neighbouring owners have started to use that la..

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29 Apr 2016

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Penalty shoot-out…what clauses avoid the red card?

You’ve got an agreement. You want to make sure that the other side do what they’ve promised to do. To make sure, you want to impose some painful (financial) conseque..

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01 Mar 2016

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“The truth, the whole truth…”: replies to pre-contract enquiries

Let’s face it, when you’re selling a property, dealing with replies to enquiries isn’t the most exciting part of the deal. You’ve done it all a thousand times before -..

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04 Jan 2016

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How do you measure up? New RICS Property Measurement rules

Most people operating in the property world are familiar with the RICS Code of Measuring Practice (6th Ed) and countless legal documents across the country refer to it..

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30 Oct 2015

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"Trick or treat?" - Exclusivity agreements

As part of a Halloween article for legal publisher Lexis Nexis, James Styles talks about his trick or treat issue for planning and property matters.

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