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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.

James is also a CEDR accredited mediator and sits on the Kings College London Law School Advisory Board.

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.

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