James Needham > Shoosmiths LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
B3 3AG

Work Department

Real Estate


James is a real estate lawyer specialising in commercial development, funding and strategic land. James has particular experience acting for developers in forward funded pre-let developments and on the preparation, servicing and phased disposal of strategic mixed use and residential sites.

His recent experience includes advising:

  • a national developer on the acquisition, pre-let and forward funding of a £38 million logistics hub in the West Midlands;
  • an international logistics company taking a lease of a purpose-built automated warehousing and office facility at a major new logistics park in the East Midlands;
  • a private investment company on securing a long-term option and promotion agreement for a 400 acre strategic development site in Staffordshire;
  • a major UK lending institution on an £18 million development and investment facility secured against a portfolio of 34 commercial properties; and
  • a West Midlands based property investment vehicle on the £70 million refinancing and redevelopment of a flagship office building in central Birmingham.



James joined Shoosmiths from Wragge & Co (now Gowlings) in 2004 and was made a partner in the firm’s real estate practice in 2012.


Law Society.


Loughborough Grammar School; Nottingham University (2000 LLB First Class)


Literature, cricket.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham

The ‘well-connected’ and ‘responsive’ Shoosmiths LLP team acts for a range of national clients on issues such as logistics and warehousing projects, residential developments and real estate financings, among other areas. The ‘highly regarded’ Jason Jackson helms the practice, noted for his expertise in the logistics and residential sectors. James Needham brings his experience with pre-let and forward funded developments to the practice, whilst Beth McArdle leads the corporate occupiers team with considerable experience in this sector. Tim Flight further strengthens the firm’s offering with his capabilities in the care home, student development and healthcare sectors.