James Simpson > Hewitsons > Cambridge, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Real Estate


Partner in the real estate team in Cambridge dealing with a wide range of matters including development, investment, landlord and tenant, and funding work. James has particular experience of site assembly, collaboration agreements, promotion agreements, options and pre-let agreements.


Frere Cholmeley Bischoff 1994-96; qualified 1996; Harbottle & Lewis 1996-2000; Hewitsons 2000 to date; made partner 2004.


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Lancing College; University College London (BSc Hons 2(1)); College of Law, London (CPE; LPC).


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Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge

(Leading individuals)

James SimpsonHewitsons

Hewitsons frequently handles large and complex projects, particularly in the leisure and residential sectors. It also advises technology and biotechnology companies on matters such as science park lettings, and has significant expertise in strategic land deals. Practice head James Simpson has a strong reputation for complex development and strategic land transactions and Graeme Sampson handles complex mixed-use development projects for developers, landowners and institutions. Both are supported by rising star senior associate Ceri Riddell. Partner Susanne Hinde manages a separate team that handles landlord and tenant and investment matters.

East Anglia > Public sector > Education

Hewitsons has a diverse range of clients that includes schools and FE and HE colleges. Head of the charities and education practice Chris Knight now works predominantly from the Northampton office but spends time in Cambridge to advise the firm’s university, school and college clients. The firm’s services include charity law and governance, data protection advice, dispute resolution, employment, environmental law, pupil issues and M&A. James Simpson and Susanne Hinde frequently work on property matters for clients in the education sector, while Andrew Priest handles commercial matters.

East Anglia > Finance > Banking and finance

The finance practice at Hewitsons is led from Northampton by Neil Harpham but the firm’s Cambridge office has corporate, agricultural and real estate partners who handle high-value financings for their clients. James Lawrence handles corporate and acquisition finance, Deborah Sharples handles agricultural finance, James Simpson focuses on real estate finance, and Tim Middleton advises on residential property finance. Much of the firm’s work centres on secured lending and bank funding in the education and charity sectors.

East Anglia > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

The charities and education practice at Hewitsons is led from Northampton but calls upon the agriculture, property and planning teams in Cambridge to act for a host of regional and national charities. Rural property and agricultural law expert Denise Wilkinson plays a key role in the practice, as does real estate and finance partner James Simpson. The firm counts several education institutions such as the University of Cambridge and numerous national charities among its clients.