I am partner in the real estate and development team. I was managing partner at PDT Solicitors and led the merger with Cripps in January 2024.
I specialise in real estate development acting for numerous regional and national house builders and housing associations working on property acquisitions and disposals, planning and infrastructure agreements.
I work hard at understanding the commercial and strategic needs of each of my clients. My experience in the industry means I am specifically attuned to the unique challenges regional and national house builders, housing associations, retail pharmacies and other healthcare businesses face.
Areas of expertise:
- Land acquisition and development
- Land promotion agreements
- Options and development agreement
- Overage agreement
- Stock transfers
Qualifications and memberships
- Qualified in September 1995
Advising on over 50 pharmacy disposals and acquisitions in 2023
Advising numerous landowners on promotion and disposal agreements for over 3000 units
Advising Horsham Football Club on the relocation and development of its football facility
Advising on a nitrate mitigation strategy as part of securing planning permission for 120 units in Sussex
Continuing to advise a leading housing association for over 20 years on management of its portfolio of in excess of 2250 units
Both James and Jane are extremely competent in their industry and have a brilliant ability to convey all technical and complicated points in such a way that landowners or clients can understand immediately.
Legal 500 2024
Holly Goacher is a bright and bubbly personality which is welcome when dealing with what can sometimes be a very dry process. She is a trusted partner for our firm and provides an excellent service. Chehraz Fox is again a great personality with a ‘can do’ attitude. Very easy to work with and happy to assist whenever possible. James Clewlow is visible and happy to assist. He is proactive in offering training and advice to our firm around specific issues which has aided our knowledge and understanding as a firm. Where necessary, James does involve himself in our cases providing that experience and knowledge that is sometimes the difference in resolving a particular issue.
Legal 500 2024
James Clewlow’s attention to detail of commercial transactions is incredible. I have found James to have an exceptional knowledge of all areas from commercial property, litigation and human resources, ensuring that no stone is left unturned throughout the due diligence process.
Legal 500 2024
Craig Burton and his team were excellent throughout and made sure we were always kept updated and involved in the process, giving easy to understand and practical advice on points of concern or proposed revisions. This meant we were able to complete with confidence and within the required timelines.
The FSE Group
Karen Karaahmet, Head of People and Places
They are a trusted partner in delivering our bank loan programme for charities. Their can-do attitude and ability to provide timely advice are important parts of meeting our customers' needs.
Head of Customer & Lending
We recently used this firm in the sale of one of our pharmacies in Birmingham. Being the first disposal for our company in over 10 years we wanted to work with someone who had vast experience in our field. We found them to be very comfortable to work with and they were always on the end of the phone for any matter. An efficient service was provided in all aspects of work from preparing the asset purchase agreements to producing a lease. I would have no hesitations in recommending them to anyone dealing with a pharmacy sale or purchase.
SPL Corporation Limited
We have trusted this firm with our legal matters for a number of years as they really understand the sector and how pharmacies operate. This deal was significant for us due to the number of properties involved and complexity of the transactions. James and the team made this process as simple as possible and were always there to talk through any questions. We would not hesitate to recommend their services and look forward to working with them again in the future.
Pearl Chemist Group
We are very pleased with the prompt and pragmatic assistance that you have given on a variety of matters.
Les Searle Plant Hire & Sales Limited
We have worked alongside this firm for a number of years on this asset throughout the initial planning and development stages, subsequent financing, tenant lettings, a further planning consent, and final disposal, and have been grateful for the continued support and advice.
Sunley Holdings Ltd
A first class service from acquisition through to disposal. Reliable, responsive and commercial, a fine company to be associated with.
Greenplan Designer Homes Limited