James Sargent - People - Gateley

James Sargent

Partner

Gateley Legal

  • Leeds
  • t: 0113 261 6615
  • m: 07923 246 046

Expertise

James deals with all aspects of non-contentious, commercial real estate law, including advising on conditional contracts, option agreements and leases.

He is experienced in acquiring sites for development/re-development for a variety of uses including business parks, industrial estates, distribution/logistics hubs and renewable energy facilities.

James has significant experience in the energy sector, having advised developers, investors and funders on a number of on-shore wind and solar farms from both a pre-construction and operational perspective.

How do you help clients?

I enjoy helping clients such as investors and developers and owner occupiers acquire and dispose of properties in an effective way. Acting proactively, I first seek to understand a client’s business and in doing so, their requirements and priorities and then deliver commercial and pragmatic advice in a concise and clear manner.

Experience

  1. Advising a property investor in its acquisition of a large logistics hub for £9m and then securing a letting of the entire property to an occupier for a term of 15 years at an initial annual rent of in excess of £750,000.
  2. Advising on the acquisition, from a large utility company, of the business and assets relating to three onshore wind farm development sites in England for £10m.
  3. Advising a sports fashion retail company on its £20m acquisition and development of a 13 acre site, to be used as a storage and distribution extension of circa 150,000 square feet GIA to existing facilities.
  4. Assisting a local authority on the acquisition of land rights from a number of land owners for the construction of a spine road to help facilitate a 900 unit residential development through a £12m HIF funding grant from Homes England.
  5. Advising a supermarket retailer on its acquisition of a leasehold interest in a 85,000 square foot superstore for a term of 25 years, forming part of a mixed use development including 162 residential units, a cinema and family themed restaurants.
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