James Coles > Browne Jacobson LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
B2 4BU

Work Department

Real Estate


James is Head of our Property Litigation Department and has a wealth of experience assisting clients manage and resolve their property related disputes enabling them to focus on their core business.

James acts for a diverse range of clients including large international corporates, well-known national retailers, housebuilders, public and private sector landlords, large educational establishments and developers.

James has experience of all contentious matters involving commercial property including claims under leases for unpaid rent, forfeiture, dilapidations, rent reviews and service charge disputes. He has a particular interest in opposed business lease renewals, trespass claims and break notice disputes.

James also deals with property related professional negligence claims. He recently acted for one of the UK’s largest Building Societies in a portfolio of claims against surveyors for negligently undervaluing commercial properties.

Where appropriate, James advocates the use of alternative methods of dispute resolution (including mediation and expert determination) as a means of minimising the cost and wasted management time that can be involved in taking a property dispute to Court.

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Real estate > Property litigation

Browne Jacobson LLP is instructed by nationally recognised retailers, insurance companies, developers and public sector bodies to advise on complex landlord and tenant issues, possession claims, dilapidation matters and property related professional negligence disputes. The majority of the firm’s recent work has related to the impact of Covid-19; senior associate Louise Reed has assisted a range of retail clients as commercial tenants on business interruption issues. Pamela Shepherd, who previously led the team nationally, retired in October 2020. The group is now led from Birmingham by James Coles, who joined from George Green LLP in mid-2020.