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Gemma James



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Gemma is a Solicitor specialising in all aspects of commercial and residential property. Having previously trained and practised at long-established Kent-based firm, Boys & Maughan, Gemma joined Mundays LLP in October 2005 and became a Partner in 2011.

She acts in connection with all types of commercial property from retail shops, offices and warehouse units to restaurants and bars, for private and corporate landlords and tenants. She is a member of the Aviation & Logistics and also the Retail and the Banking Industry Teams within Mundays LLP, specialising in advising clients who operate in these sectors.

Gemma deals with sales, purchases and lettings and both conventional and Islamic finance transactions associated with residential property for commercial investment and private clients. In addition, she undertakes secured lending transactions on behalf of well known individual lenders in respect of property-related funding arrangements.

recent experience

Typical examples of Gemma's recent work includes:

  • regularly handling all property aspects associated with multi-tenanted industrial estates in various parts of the country owned by on-shore and off-shore investor clients. A recent partial renovation at one such local site involved development and letting agreements in order to achieve rearrangements of tenant occupancy at the site before, during and after the works.
  • acting for entrepreneurial clients purchasing sites for enterprising initiatives and pension schemes. Recent examples include a Biomass recycling site and sites for the construction of residential and commercial premises.
  • working with a wide variety of logistics clients to ensure their property portfolios accord with their requirements, for example, in the case of several of the largest international air cargo operating companies, rearranging and coordinating the timing of their occupancy of various airport units and offices to minimise their liability when surrendering all or part of their leases, carrying out works, entering new leases and granting sub-leases.
  • acting for for a Family Office investor in connection with the purchase and potential subsequent re-financing of a large property portfolio, including ongoing estate management.
  • advising investor clients disposing of properties at auction, several of which of late have achieved far higher prices than ever anticipated

recent articles

Sharing Space - The Future of Distribution Centre Occupation
BIFALink – COMING SOON: Major Impact of the MEES Regulations for Landlords and Tenant of Logistics Premises
Essence – Taking on new premises: 10 top tips for success
Rail Strategies  "Britain's silver Bullet?"
Supply Management – "Why logistics could be driven Underground"
Ground Handling International – “Premises, Premises …”
PrimeResi – “Landlord Action: A Cautionary Buy to Let Tale”
BIFALink – “How to Save Time, Money and Stress when Dealing with Property”
The Dentist – “Practical Tips”
Real Business – “Tips for Managing your Commercial Property Portfolio”
Supply Management – “Nine Important Factors to Remember when Leasing Business Premises”
Fabulous Women – “The Mystery of Property Searches Explained: What they are and why we do them”
Various – “2012: Toxic Times for Sceptic Tanks?”
Various – “Water Worries down the Drain?”

additional information

Gemma was admitted to the Degree of Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours at the University of Kent in 2001, receiving the Anthony London Prize for the best result by any Eliot College student in law for the year. She achieved a Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Distinction from the College of Law in 2002, and received an award from the Law Society for outstanding performance by obtaining one of the highest marks that year nationwide.

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