James Cottrell

James Cottrell

Commercial Real Estate - Partner

Luton Office

01582 731161

Recent work

James is a Partner 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 Partner of the Firm on 1st July 2013.

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.


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!

Aside from sporting activities, James enjoys travelling to exotic locations, socialising (though the morning after is getting worse!) and watching a lot of television!!

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