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Keystone Law

1ST FLOOR, ROCHESTER BUILDING, 28 ADELAIDE STREET, BELFAST, BT2 8GD, NORTHERN IRELAND
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Work 028 90 240310
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Belfast, Belfast BT2, Bristol, Douglas, Guernsey, London

Jim Houston

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Work 028 9002 2520
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Keystone Law

Work Department

Commercial Property

Position

Jim advises on all aspects of commercial property and maintains a particular interest in commercial and residential developments. He regularly acts for landlords and tenants in the negotiation of leases for retail, office, industrial and hotel accommodation, as well as advising on the management of such properties, including the negotiation of rent reviews and lease renewals. Jim has advised both GB and US funds on the proposed acquisition of Northern Ireland loan portfolios. He is also well versed in leading due diligence exercises, having been involved in the financing of various major Northern Ireland property assets by GB and NI banks.

  • Recognised for expertise in Northern Ireland Business Tenancies legislation and commercial lease rent reviews and has lectured on these subjects to the RICS in NI.
  • Recognised as a leader in Northern Ireland Real Estate in the Legal 500 (a “joy to work with”, according to the 2015 edition) and in Chambers UK.

Career

2017 Keystone Law (NI) Senior Solicitor

1990-2017 Cleaver Fulton Ranking, Assistant Solicitor, Associate then Partner and Director
1989-1990 Collyer Bristow, Assistant Solicitor


Northern Ireland: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Leading individuals

Jim Houston - Keystone Law

Within: Commercial property

Keystone Law’s property team has ‘a practical, commercial approach to resolving legal issues’ and provides ‘advice that is tailored to the matter in hand’. The group advises companies and individuals on leases and acquisitions for hotel, retail and residential developments, as well as handling landlord and tenant matters. In a standout mandate, the firm advised Belfast-based property group Kilmona on its £90m refinancing of its group banking facilities with Fairfield Real Estate Finance. Jim Houston jointly heads the practice with Danny McKay . John McMahon is another key name.

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