James Liffen, Partner, Real Estate

Personal Profile

James is a Partner in Mishcon de Reya's Residential Property team specialising in residential conveyancing. He is experienced in dealing with complex deals involving shared ownership, auction sales, portfolio purchases, tenancy and planning issues. That said, his comprehensive background means that he is an expert in handling straightforward sale transactions and purchase and refinancing transactions.  James also has a lot of experience working with lenders on joint venture schemes and completing high value loans on residential properties.

James' clients are predominantly high net worth individuals. For this reason he often deals with other Private client teams across the firm such Tax and Family, as well as Corporate.

James actively engages with the media and has featured on BBC Radio 2 as a result of his expertise. Highly regarded among his peers, Chambers UK notes James as "an integral piece of the jigsaw" in their High Net Worth Guide 2018. He was also recognised by Spear's as Top Six Property Lawyers as part of their Property Advisors Index 2019.

Key Experience

  • Sale of a £95,000,000 private residence;
  • Acquisition and structuring of a 55 unit residential development;
  • Sale of a newly redeveloped £22,500,000 freehold property in Mayfair sold via a corporate wrapper; and
  • Purchase of a 22 unit portfolio of student accommodation and advice on the associated House in Multiple Occupation issues.

Career History

Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Assistant Solicitor, Seddons
Assistant Solicitor, Jennings Son & Ash
Trainee Solicitor, Jennings Son & Ash
College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course York University, History BA (Hons)

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