Admitted as a solicitor: 1998
Tel: 020 3026 9273
Email: [email protected]
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Commercial Property; Landlord & Tenant; Client Management; Asset Management; Retail Property; Large Scale Project Work; Portfolio Management; Project Management; Risk Analysis; Investment Acquisitions & Sales.
John has over 20 years of transactional real estate law experience across all sectors and deal types.
He has bought trophy buildings in central London, developed distribution hubs for major retailers and helped large corporate occupiers get rid of their lease liabilities. He has also dealt with properties in almost every town and city across the country. Most of all he enjoys being part of the real estate market and how it has an impact on everything we do.
John has a master’s degree in business analytics at UCL. This means he is comfortable with analysing data and understanding with the financial aspects of complex deals, and enjoys structuring deals logically, focusing on what really matters. He brings a different, data-driven and analytical, approach to deals. He delivers legal advice in a robust, commercial and pragmatic manner.
Prior to joining DJB, John was a real estate lawyer at Hogan Lovells for over 20 years and a partner there for over 10 years. John has been consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.
John has been a founder member of the Commercial Real Estate Legal Association (CRELA) and a board member of the Investment Property Forum.
John has acted for broad range of clients, from private family wealth, through blue chip institutional investors, to major occupiers. Some of the deals John has dealt with include:
The acquisitions of Devonshire House London W1, the Adelphi Building London WC2, the Post Building London WC1, 6 St James’s Square London SW1 and the Oriana retail scheme anchored by Primark at the Tottenham Court Road end of Oxford Street, for over £2 billion in total.
Barclays Bank’s Canary Wharf occupations for many years, including the disposal of 540,000 square feet to the Cabinet Office.
The development of several private rented sector and purpose building student accommodation schemes, including Altus House Leeds (the tallest student accommodation building in northern Europe).
SeveralUK pension funds on all their significant acquisitions and developments, including forward fundings of office, industrial and retail schemes, and acquisitions and disposals of retail parks, shopping centres, office parks and central London office buildings.
CCLA Investment Management on all their English properties for over 20 years, including an investment programme to increase the total fund size from £300m to nearly £2bn.
Occupiers including Aviva, ALSTOM/GE, Barclays Bank, B&Q and Wm Morrison on deals to offload their lease liabilities for their unoccupied properties, put in place sale and leasebacks, or to change the way their occupied estates are managed
John Lewis and Waitrose on the development of many of their new stores and their distribution facilities (over 3 million square feet in total) in Milton Keynes
A solar farm developer on the acquisition, development and disposal of a number of solar farms across England