Advocate James Lawrence > Viberts > St Helier, Jersey > Lawyer Profile
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Advocate James Lawrence
Property Law Partner
Often described as one of the Island’s most talented property lawyers, James has specialised in property law since 2004 and heads the property law team. James’ primary focus is the purchase and financing of development property.
Respected for his knowledge of all aspects of Jersey’s property law, James’ expertise ranges from high-value, individual property conveyances and housing developments and planning matters through to commercial developments and lettings. His work also includes securitisation for a major high street lender, commercial and residential leases and business sales and acquisitions.
James’ team also deals with all aspects of property and high value asset finance and security.
James is highly skilled in Jersey’s complex licensing laws and regularly appears before the Jersey Licensing Assembly representing a variety of organisations across the leisure, tourism and retail sectors. As an ancillary to his principal practice area, James has also applied his skills to litigation work. He has made appearances before the Planning Appeal Tribunal; the Licensing Assembly; Petty Debts Court; Royal Court; and Magistrate’s Court.
Advocate – 2001
- Member of the Jersey Law Society
Université de Nantes
College of Law York
Lawyers at Viberts ‘understand their area of expertise and give sage advice‘, with recent expertise handling novel transactions including in relation to crowdfunding. Real estate finance structures are a notable area of specialism. Christopher Scholefield leads the firm’s relationship with Lloyds Bank, while James Lawrence focuses on bonds and securitisations. Heading the team is Paul Wilson. Promoted to senior associate in February 2022, Eleanor Colley is increasingly active in the real estate finance space.
Viberts is a mainstay of the local Jersey property market, advising commercial landlords, tenants, private individuals, property investors and developers on a the spectrum of real estate matters. Co-leading are James Lawrence and Paul Harben , both of whom are experienced hands in property transactions. Scottish-qualified associate Emily Paris-Hunter has a growing profile in commercial property deals in St Helier.