James Norman

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James is a Partner in the Commercial Property team. After practicing in the City for 12 years James joined Warners in 2022. He specialises in non-contentious Commercial Property with a focus on Property Development.

James’ approach is commercially-driven, drawing on his previous board director experience at a Real Estate investment group.


  • Purchase of a central London hotel from an offshore entity for the purpose of development into prime apartments.
  • The corporate sale of a commercial property investment company with over 200 let units for circa £40m.
  • Acting on the purchase and financing of several town-centre development sites in the South-East for the construction of between 25 and 102 residential units.
  • Acting on corporate purchases of ‘enveloped’ properties both for investment and development.
  • Significant experience on acting for both borrowers and lenders in relation to both commercial and residential development, bridging and mezzanine finance in relation to sites from 2 to 100+ units.
  • Acting on a large portfolio refinancing for a commercial property investor involving a wide variety of properties all over the Country.
  • Advising property developers on development opportunities and land acquisitions throughout the life of a project: from the taking of options over sites, through to the eventual unit sales and commercial pre-lets.
  • Acting on promotion and development agreements both for developers and landowners.
  • Advising on lease transactions involving retail, industrial and warehouse properties.
  • Advising on joint ventures, share buy-outs and buy-ins and investment structures; mostly for South African-based investors.
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