Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has recruited a new Legal Director to join its Housing Group in Leeds. 

James Lawson joins from Eversheds Sutherland where he led the firm's residential development team in Yorkshire and the North East. He has a particular focus on both regions and has advised on deals across the country including development schemes in London. 

James is a residential development specialist covering all aspects of residential development, acting for major housebuilders, landowners and mixed use developers. His expertise covers acquisitions, disposals, site set ups, site assembly, joint ventures, options and consortium agreements.

Julia Field, Partner in Residential Development at WBD, commented:

"We are delighted to have James join us here in our Leeds office. He joins us with a huge amount of expertise in the real estate sector and his specialism in residential development will play an important role in bolstering our national and regional offering, helping to implement our sector vision of providing a first-rate service to our real estate clients."

James added:

"WBD has strong credentials in the real estate sector with an impressive Housing client portfolio in Yorkshire and across the country which present great opportunities to work on major strategic projects. The firm is clearly committed to growth and is well positioned in this changing legal marketplace for success in the future. I look forward to working with Julia’s team here in Leeds as well as nationally and internationally.”

Ranking in the UK's top 20 law firms and by Chambers as a Band 1 firm for National Leaders (Outside London) in real estate, WBD provides legal expertise in eleven key sectors from across eight offices in the UK and 18 offices in the US. The firm's housing and real estate client portfolio in the UK includes Homes England, Akelius, Taylor Wimpey, RentPlus, Grainger and Places for People.