James Cottrell


Luton Office

01582 390409

Recent work

James is a Partner and Head of Department in the Commercial Real Estate department and deals with all aspects of commercial property.

Having grown up in Essex, and going to Westcliff High School for Boys, James moved to Bedfordshire, in order to commence his training contract with Taylor Walton in 2002.

James studied Law and Economics at Keele University before completing his LPC at the College of Law in London. He completed his training contract and qualified into the Commercial Real Estate department in September 2004. He became a Salaried Partner of the Firm on 1 July 2013, was made up to Equity Partner on 1 July 2019 and became Head of Department on 1 July 2021.

Whilst advising on all aspect of Commercial Real Estate, James takes a special interest in advising residential and commercial developers on site acquisition and disposals. In addition, James advises some of Taylor Walton’s most important clients on their property portfolios, as well as the Firm’s banking clients, on property finance matters. Acting for both landlord tenants in landlord and tenant matters and small business acquisitions also makes up James’ workload.

James has acted for clients on multi million pound property portfolio refinances, shopping centre disposals, multi site retail acquisitions and large scale residential development acquisitions, both as an assistant and lead fee earner.

When dealing with his clients, James feels that he can understand his client’s business and likes to take a special interest in the client, their business and their background. This enables James to fully understand how the particular transaction fits into the bigger picture of the client’s business.

Recent work highlights:

  • Sale of agricultural land to a national housebuilder for 100 new homes, for £15m on behalf of a family trust;
  • Sale of development site in Luton comprising a 9 storey building for £4.5m (having previously acted on the purchase and finance of the same);
  • Acquisition and financing of a development site in Southampton for student accommodation comprising 456 student units;
  • Sale of residue of a commercial estate and investment units for £8.9m;
  • Completion of lease renewal for national retailer in Mayfair, London.


A keen sportsman, James keeps himself fit by playing football weekly and skiing, as well as avidly supporting his beloved Manchester United. James still believes that he will get called up to play for either United or England but those who have seen him play or have played with him know that this is just a pipedream!

James shares his love of sport with his two young sons, who love playing and watching football (they are United fans too) as well as cycling and watching far too much television!

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