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James Lawrence

Property Law Partner

Overview

Often described as one of the Island’s most talented property lawyers, James has specialised in property law since 2004 and has been a Jersey Advocate since 2001. As partner in Viberts’ property department, James’ primary focus is the purchase and financing of development property. 

Respected for his knowledge of Jersey’s property law in relation to commercial leases and property transactions, James’ expertise ranges from high-value, individual property conveyances and housing developments through to commercial developments and lettings. His work also includes securitisation for a major high street lender, commercial and residential leases and business sales and acquisitions. 

James’ team also deals with all aspects of property and high value asset finance and security. 

James is highly skilled in Jersey’s complex licensing laws and regularly appears before the Jersey Licensing Assembly representing a variety of organisations across the leisure, tourism and retail sectors. As an ancillary to his principal practice area, James has also applied his skills to litigation work. He has made appearances before the Planning Appeal Tribunal; the Licensing Assembly; Petty Debts Court; Royal Court; and Magistrate’s Court. 

James is known by his clients as being approachable and dependable. His dedication, patience and understanding are often remarked upon. He goes far more than the extra mile in looking after his clients, which range from large global companies to couples buying their first home. 

Outside of work, beyond looking after his three children, James’ interests are renovating an old house, gardening and (when time allows) clay pigeon shooting. 

Watch James’s video

Buying share transfer property in Jersey – Viberts’ property partner James Lawrence explains what share transfer means and what you need to be aware of when buying a share transfer property in Jersey

Jojo Maman Bébé – James negotiated and secured a commercial lease for this international retailer on a prime high street location. This was the first time the client had operated in Jersey and so James was able to clearly explain the intricacies of Jersey property law as well as facilitating a network of contacts. 

James was instrumental in the sale of a large housing site in Grouville in 2015 plus advised on the terms of the planning obligation agreement.

James has advised on a number of planning disputes and boundary matters for clients, some of which have set new legal precedents.

James has acted as advisor to a large group of interested parties to a high profile planning obligation agreement which received political attention.

James represents a housing trust.

Member of the Jersey Law Society.

Key Information

Department: Property
Year Joined: 2000
Education: Université de Nantes, College of Law York, Kingston University.
Admitted: Advocate (2001)
Additional Language: French
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