Weightmans continues to build property offering with real estate hire

Weightmans has appointed James Sargent as a partner in its real estate team in Leeds.

Formerly Legal Director at DLA Piper, Sargent will undertake a wide variety of commercial property transactions, including development and investment work, acquisitions, disposals and landlord and tenant matters.

He has considerable experience in the acquisition, development or disposal of sites for a variety of uses, with a particular interest in the renewable energy sector.

Sargent also advises on the leases to be granted to occupational tenants and subsequently in the investment sale of the completed developments.

Karl Jackson, partner and head of the real estate team at Weightmans said: “I am thrilled to welcome James to the firm. He brings a wealth of experience to the table as well as local knowledge, vast industry expertise and of course an unshakable commitment to clients.

“His arrival comes as we undergo an exciting strategic expansion of our real estate offering as we seek to create our own northern property powerhouse in offices across the North of England and Scotland. The next few months will see us continue to bring on the best talent from around the UK, and I look forward to watching the team develop further.”