James Sutherland > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

Living Wage

Work Department

Dispute resolution/real estate disputes.


Head of Burges Salmon’s Real Estate Disputes team

Main Areas of Practice:

All areas of landlord/tenant disputes, with a particular focus on lease break, vacant possession and terminal dilapidations.

Commercial Rent Review.

Property related insolvency disputes.


Trainee – Bevan Brittan LLP: 2003 – 2008

Solicitor – Bevan Brittan LLP: 2005 – 2008

Associate/Senior Associate: Burges Salmon LLP: 2008 – 2015

Partner: Burges Salmon LLP: 2015 – present


Property Litigation Association

INSOL Europe

British Property Federation

Investment Property Forum


Attended Wellington School, Somerset (1990-97); St Edmund Hall, Oxford University 2(i) BA (Hons) Modern History and Economics, (1997-2000); College of Law (Store Street, London), GDL: Commendation (2000-01); College of Law (Store Street, London) – LPC: Commendation (2001-02).


Rugby, theatre, choral singing.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Real estate > Property litigation

(Leading individuals)

James SutherlandBurges Salmon LLP

The ‘top tier’ team at Burges Salmon LLP advises a host of renowned public and private sector clients on a broad range of property litigation matters, including high-profile administrations, rent review arbitrations, and cladding disputes, particularly from the tenants’ side. ‘Outstanding solicitor’ James Sutherland has extensive experience advising on property-related insolvencies and large-scale rent reviews. Real estate development specialist Chris Preston‘s technical expertise sees him advising county councils on contractual interpretation disputes, among other matters. The ‘responsive’ Michael Duncan and Catherine Banton, a landlord and tenant specialist, are further names to note.

London > Real estate > Property litigation

With ‘fantastic knowledge and strategic thinking‘, Burges Salmon LLP is a strong choice for a host of major public and private sector clients, who turn to the team for its wide-ranging capabilities across commercial and residential property litigation. Practice head James Sutherland is a key contact for some of the firm’s most high profile clients – from investment banks to utilities providers – with recent engagements including arbitration proceedings and disputes concerning cladding. Chris Preston is particularly noted for his experience with developer and retail clients, as well as local authorities in London and beyond. Other names to note include Sarah Taylor, who clients regard as ‘a good negotiator‘ with a ‘very good understanding of client’s needs.’ All named lawyers work between the firm’s offices in London and Bristol.