Commercial property expert James Burgess has joined Eaton Smith Solicitors in Huddersfield.

James, who qualified as a solicitor in 2004, joins as a partner in the property department.

He has significant experience across all aspects of commercial property, including landlord and tenant work, acquisition and disposal, portfolio and estate management, commercial development, secured lending, and property and development finance. He also has expertise in business sales and acquisitions, as well as general commercial law.

James said: “This is an exciting move for me as Eaton Smith is a fantastic company with a real feel for being part of the community. The team carries out some really diverse and interesting work over many commercial sectors
“But it has been a bit strange joining a company in the middle of the lockdown and not actually being in the office on my first day. I do look forward to my ‘proper’ first day and being with the rest of the team in person.”

Eaton Smith Solicitors is a long-established law firm with local, national and international clients, and services ranging from employment and corporate to personal injury, family, and wills and probate.

Deborah Melluish, partner, said: “We are delighted James has joined us at Eaton Smith. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the commercial property sector, which really strengthens the offer to our clients.
“We look forward to all our team getting back together in the office so we can welcome James properly to the Eaton Smith family.”

After having studied at Newcastle University, James started work at a then UK Top 100 law firm in the north east, before moving to a niche commercial practice, specialising in all aspects of commercial property. After working at two other leading law firms in the north east, he joined MKB Solicitors in Barnsley in 2011, where he became a partner specialising in commercial property.

Eaton Smith has closed its offices to the public due to the current lockdown, but continues to offer all of its services, with staff available by phone or email.