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Gateley Plc

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Birmingham, Dubai, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester and 2 more

James White

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Gateley Plc

Work Department

Real estate.


James is head of the retail and corporate occupiers team in England. James is an expert in landlord and tenant matters and specialises in advising retailers and major corporates in all aspects of transactional retail work including lettings, acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management. He has been involved in numerous high-profile retail projects, ranging from the letting of flagship stores in London’s West End to the acquisition of a portfolio of units at mainline railway stations. James also has considerable experience of handling retail warehousing in out-of-town retail parks. In addition, James has considerable experience in acting for property investors. He advises on the sale and purchase of investment property including multi-let developments such as shopping centres, offices, retail parks and industrial warehouses. James is also retained to advise a major global logstics company on its UK property arrangements.


Trained Joelson Wilson & Co; qualified 1996; partner Gateley 2010.


Pocklington School, York; University of Leicester (1989-92 BA Hons history (2:1)); De Montfort University, Leicester (1992-93 Common Professional Exam (merit); 1993-94 Legal Practice Course (distinction)).


James plays cricket for a local club and enjoys golf and skiing.

West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham

Within: Commercial property: Birmingham

Gateley Plc handles a mix of work, with a particularly strong roster of work for housebuilders. Callum Nuttall  advised Harworth Group on promoting a scheme to develop 3,000 homes near Derby, while Richard Pettifor continues to advise the consortium backing the Langley Sustainable Urban Extension, which is a proposed 6,000-unit residential development in the West Midlands. In addition, Tim Ledger is acting for Keepmoat Homes on an £80m development on the banks of the River Soar in Leicester. Pamela Scott advises a consortium of two housebuilders and a social housing provider on the purchase of sites as part of the Hull Citywide Framework. Robert Thompson is also a name of note for major house-building developments, while Ray Simpson advised Regal on financing its plan to construct Birmingham’s tallest residential tower. Away from housebuilding, Pettifor advises Mountpark Logistics on a speculative commercial development in Warrington, and Soulplane on developing a logistics property near Manchester Airport. James Madill advised Avignon Capital on the acquisition of a long-term lease of the arts complex in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter. Rebecca Sherwin advises HSBC on real estate finance matters. James White advised Gymshark on letting a new headquarters in Solihull. Andrew Mellor is now at Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

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