Jim Garton > Hill Dickinson LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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James is head of real estate and real estate finance in London and his particular areas of specialism are hotel and residential (and mixed use) development; real estate finance and joint venture arrangements. James has many years’ experience of acting for investment funds and institutions, property companies, developers, banks, high-net-worth individuals and end users on a diverse range of real estate work including development, investment, real estate finance and landlord and tenant. Recent successes include advising on hotel developments and mixed use schemes – including joint venture arrangements, acting on numerous secured lending transactions including hotel acquisitions and developments, investment properties, mixed use developments and restaurant premises and representing high-net-worth clients in relation to high-value residential sales and purchases. He has also been responsible for advising West Ham United in connection with its bid to take over the Olympic Stadium in Stratford following the London Olympic Games in 2012.


Trained Boodle Hatfield; qualified 1990. Solicitor Boodle Hatfield 1990-95; solicitor Nabarro Nathanson 1995-2000; solicitor Berwin Leighton Paisner 2000-05; partner 2005-07; partner Mishcon de Reya 2007-08; partner Gateley 2008-15, partner Hill Dickinson 2015 to date.


French = Basic
German = Basic
Italian = Basic


Committee member of the Commercial Real Estate Legal Association (CRELA)
Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Horners


Ravensbourne School for Boys, Bromley, Kent; University of Southampton (1983-86 BA Hons history); College of Law Chancery Lane (1986-88).


Jim enjoys music and plays the violin and the guitar. He also enjoys cycling and takes part in a number of annual charity cycling events. Jim also enjoys boxing, clay pigeon shooting, walking and has an interest in history.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s real estate team advises major corporate occupiers on a range of matters, as well as strategic, transactional, and landlord and tenant matters. Jim Garton, who leads the real estate practice, has significant expertise in the hotels and leisure sector, while Richard Taylor has more than 35 years of experience in both domestic and international real estate matters.

London > Real estate > Property finance

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s real estate finance practice is led by Jim Garton, who has particular expertise in the development of hotels and leisure arenas. The team is supported by the firm’s national and international offices, and advises both lenders and borrowers on development finance mandates which can involve cross-border elements. Sectors of strength for the group include energy, logistics, transport, retail, healthcare, financial services and hotels and leisure. Richard Taylor and senior associate Emma McIntosh are also of note.