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James Hart

Regional Lead for Real Estate in the Midlands – Partner in the Housebuilding & Strategic Land Team | Nottingham

"I have worked with James for nearly 20 years on numerous land purchases, contracts and disputes. The service I have received has always been of the highest standard and I look forward to working with him for many years to come."
Regional Managing Director of a National Housebuilder

Call: 0345 274 6811  Mobile: 0782 462 1845

About James

James has over 20 years’ experience in Real Estate and is a noted specialist in Residential Development and Public Sector property matters. He is Regional Lead for Freeths’ Real Estate teams in the Midlands as well as having a prominent role in the national Housebuilding & Strategic Land Team. He has for many years managed the relationship with Bellway Homes and counts many other major housebuilders, local authorities and significant landowners amongst his clients. He has a established a reputation for bringing a commercial approach to complex land transactions, where his collaborative approach and keen eye for detail are appreciated by clients who need to achieve demanding outcomes in short timescales.

James’ extensive experience includes the full range of developments from long-term joint venture partnerships and public sector building leases, to options, pre-emptions, planning promotion and hybrid option/promotion agreements and traditional conditional and unconditional purchases. James acts for a wide variety of clients in the sector, supported by Freeths’ large specialist Housebuilding & Strategic Land Sector team.

James is ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers & Partners (2024 edition).

Notable work & expertise


  • "I have worked with James for nearly 20 years on numerous land purchases, contracts and disputes. The service I have received has always been of th...

    Client testimonial, Regional Managing Director

  • "I have found James to be highly professional and responsive in our work with him. He and his team have been timely in protecting the interests of...

    Client testimonial, Local Authority Chief Executive

  • "James' team of lawyers worked seamlessly with the Council’s in-house staff and their other external advisers, including myself, engaged fully in t...

    Client testimonial, Property Adviser

    Midlands District Council

  • "The firm is able to provide a high quality and comprehensive service with the capacity to call in professionals from other internal departments (t...

    Client testimonial, Senior Solicitor

    Greater Nottingham Borough Council

  • "James consistently delivers an excellent legal service across a diverse portfolio of land acquisition agreements associated with residential devel...

    Client testimonial, Regional Development Director

  • “I have been working with James now for a number of years and we have completed on the purchase of six development sites. James has been able to g...

    Client testimonial, Regional Land Director

    National Housebuilder

  • "James is known for his 'hard work, enthusiasm, endless patience, drive to go the extra mile and preparedness to do all the heavy lifting'".

    Client testimonial, Development Director

    National Housebuilder

  • “His involvement unpicked a deadlocked situation… he has been a great ally.”

    Client testimonial, Landowner client

  • “James is incredibly knowledgeable, has strong communication and negotiation skills, and is commercially astute.”

    Chambers & Partners, 2024

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