James Egan Partner

Photograph of James Egan

Contact Details

“James Egan continues to impress observers in the Welsh market with his handling of major development matters, joint ventures and property transactions on behalf of both public and private sector clients. Sources say that he is "very easy to get on with, and as diligent as you could want. He has a lot of experience in the property market."”

Chambers and Partners 2019
James is a real estate partner with experience of large-scale development work, joint ventures, and general property transactions in the private, public and third sectors. 

Main areas of practice 

James handles many of the firm’s high value, high profile real estate transactions leading multi-disciplinary teams of solicitors. He has significant expertise in the development of office blocks, health campuses and primary care resource centres and currently acts for developers, tenants and purchasers in the procurement, acquisition, funding, development and subsequent lease arrangements and sales of such developments.  He also leads teams advising large clients such as the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, charities and social landlords on portfolio management.

Clients

Clients are investors, developers, banks and occupiers.  He also acts for Welsh Government, NHS Wales, local authorities and charities such as Tenovus, Scope and the Royal National Institute of Blind People

Significant experience 

  • Leading the team advising the Welsh Government on the development, acquisition and all occupational lettings of an 80,000 square foot grade ‘A’ office building in the city centre of Cardiff.  Subsequently advised on the sale of the investment autumn 2016, one of the biggest Real Estate transactions in Wales this year.
  • Leading the team advising a client on a Joint Venture to apply for and develop a new train station in south Wales which could be built as part of plans to open a business park employing 15,000 people.
  • Leading teams advising private, public and third sector clients manage their property portfolios including:
    • advising on the grant and renewal of leases of offices, units and shops;
    • dealing with the assignment of leases, sub-lettings, licences to alter and the granting of landlord’s consent;
    • advising on all aspects of portfolio management, property strategies and general property related advice; and
    • the disposal of surplus assets
  • Acting for a Health Board and two (2) GP Practices with the procurement of the development, by a private sector developer, of a new multi-occupied, primary care facility in Colwyn Bay which opened to patients in September 2016.  
  • Advising a Registered Social Landlord in partnership with local authority, the NHS, the local community and a house builder in the regeneration of inner city Cardiff. The scheme includes a community health resource centre, a new shopping parade of 11 new retail units, managed community space, a mix of new family housing comprising 13 houses and 48 apartments for mixed tenure and public open space.
  • Leading the team advising the Welsh Government on its multi-million pound acquisition of Site E04, Callaghan Square, Cardiff earmarked for the development of 100,000sq ft of offices

Social Housing

  • Advising Cardiff Community Housing Association in partnership with local authority, the NHS, the local community and a housebuilder in the regeneration of Loudoun Square.  The scheme includes a community health resource centre, a new shopping parade of 11 new retail units, managed community space, a mix of new family housing comprising 13 houses and 48 apartments for mixed tenure and public open space. 

“Has a broad understanding of property and tenancy matters in the charities sector and public sector.”

Legal 500 2018

“James is very experienced and knows the local market well, which helps provide a commercial view to transactions.”

Chambers and Partners 2018

“We simply would not be able to do a lot of the things that we do without him.”

NHS Wales Primary Care Director

“James has been involved in the property issues for as long as I can remember, and whilst I am sure his team has ample expertise, he has a lot of experience of different scenarios. The people we deal with, whether GPs or developers, can be quite difficult and it is useful that he has as much experience as I have”

Steve Davies Operational Director of Primary Care, Cardiff & Vale uLHB

Expertise

Related Knowledge & Resources

Land gifted by benefactor for use as school reverted back to his descendants when school replaced

The Court of Appeal clarified the legal position under legislation from a very different era but whose terms remain relevant and are still being felt today, and local authorities will need to take note with their educational buildings.

Insolvency Rules...OK?

We look at a Court of Appeal decision that is likely to have far-reaching implications on liquidators who were, naturally attracted to the idea of referring disputes to adjudication as a means of determining monies owed to the insolvent company.

Lessons Learned in 2018

This year there have been some interesting cases looking at the conduct of local authorities and creditors when commencing bankruptcy proceedings or serving court documents on debtors.

Real Estate: Proposals for Enfranchisement Reform: Have they raised more questions than answers?

After being invited to attend the Law Commission Symposium on 5 November 2018 to hear the proposals for enfranchisement reform and discuss how they will work in practice, Louise Uphill examines the key points.

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016