James is an experienced solicitor with a demonstrated history of working in the building materials industry. He is skilled in negotiation, high value and complex property transactions which require original thinking within tight timescales, environmental issues, property disposal, and real property and minerals. James is also a strong real estate professional.

  • Mineral operating companies and landowners

Nearly 17 years of experience as the in-house property and mineral solicitor at CEMEX including:


  • Negotiating and completing options for mineral leases both as extensions to existing company quarries and also as new stand-alone green field new quarries with the respective landowners
  • Negotiating and completing associated planning agreements, mineral leasehold easements, pre-emption agreements, put and call options, bond arrangements with the landowners and the respective local authorities
  • Negotiating and completing associated supply agreements
  • Project of disposing of 10 sites with options to lease back the mineral reserves and negotiating the options for the mineral leases with each respective buyer including disposing of 3 diverse land holdings as part of a single lot and 2 other diverse landholdings as part of another lot
  • Negotiating an option for a mineral lease with the Hatfield Estate where the estate owned part of the land and the company owned the other part with a view for both the estate and the company to develop both landholdings post extraction for a significant housing development
  • Negotiating documentation for a Treasury Style arrangement acquisition of mineral interests
  • Acting for the company in JV arrangement where there were significant number of different landholding interests including first and reversionary mineral leases, road leases and planning agreements
  • Options for landfill leases


Disposals including Residential Development

  • Disposing of up to £150 million of diverse surplus landholdings over a period of 6 years ranging from £5 million to £10,000 including detailed overage arrangements, disposals for residential development, related planning agreements and auction sales


Corporate Property Disposals and Acquisitions

  • Disposing of 6 diverse landholdings freehold and leasehold to aggregate bagging company
  • Land swap transactions involving a mix of 6 aggregate and ready-mix diverse landholdings to Tarmac/ Lafarge
  • Negotiating and renewing 5 leases with Network Rail as part of a single lot for the company’s rail and asphalt businesses
  • Negotiating option for a lease of alternative fuel plant to Sita to assist in the operating of the company’s main cement plant in Rugby
  • Acquiring and renewing leases in the company’s readymix, asphalt, building products and rail products portfolio



  • Significant first registrations of unregistered titles of the company’s landholdings
  • Assisting in the disposal of the company’s angling business in several different lots

Previous Businesses

  • CEMEX formerly RMC (UK) Limited, In-house Property Solicitor and Mineral Lawyer


Previous Law Firms

  • Hamilton Downing
  • Walker Martineau
  • Tweedie and Prideaux



  • College of Law Guilford, Common Professional Examination and Legal Practice Course
  • Bangor University, History B.A, 2:1

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