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John Flathers

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Biography

John heads up the Real Estate team in our Leeds office. He has considerable experience in all real estate transactions, but has a particular focus on development work, property finance and corporate occupiers.

He also acts on investment transactions, for insolvency practitioners on property related matters, and for strategic land acquirers. 

John has recently become a member of the CBI Regional Council for Yorkshire and the Humber (2018 – 2021).

Recent highlights:

  • The redevelopment of over one million sq ft of mixed use space at Clarence Dock Leeds on behalf of the Trustees of the Royal Armouries.
  • The successful public procurement bid and redevelopment of Trafford Town Hall, Trafford for Shepherd Developments.
  • Working on a Joint Venture with Huddersfield and Calderdale NHS Trust on the formation of the Pennine Property Partnership and the continuing development of two significant sites in Huddersfield.
  • Advising on numerous development and investment loans for Santander.
  • Several corporate occupiers on their property portfolios including two relocations to London HQs and the property portfolio of a leading international property agency.
  • Strategic land options and planning promotion agreements over many sites acting for both landowners and landbuyers.

Market view:

"He is pragmatic, commercially astute and knowledgeable. His down-to-earth approach sets him apart from other real estate lawyers." – Chambers & Partners, 2018

John Flathers is "very well-respected and very proactive" - Chambers & Partners, 2017

John is "very knowledgeable" - ​Legal 500, 2016

John is rated for his "practical view of the market" and "efficiency at getting to the heart of any issues and getting them resolved." - Chambers & Partners, 2015

"The approachable John Flathers is straight-forward and no-nonsense." - Chambers Partners, 2014



Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 28/11/2018
    Brexit Stockpiling Driving Demand For Industrial Property

    “There is a great deal of uncertainty for business caused by Brexit and I think it is inevitable that they will attempt to manage the process as best they can. One way that they will do this is by stockpiling vital equipment for their businesses. “Many of the businesses that are looking at doing this, or already doing it, are not only manufacturers that are worried about a ‘no deal Brexit’ and rely on just in time delivery, they are also companies such as logistics firms that need parts that are currently produced overseas to maintain their fleet of vehicles.For food suppliers clearly this is less of an issue in relation to perishable goods but still important where they rely upon automation and for example,keeping their conveyor systems moving. “Property wise, this might mean short term leases of industrial and warehousing space. This can provide a challenge for some because the availability is not always in the best location and there is a real possibility that a shortage of supply could force prices up.”

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  • 22/04/2016
    Devolution Deal In Yorkshire Is 'Absolutely Crucial' For Northern Powerhouse Success, Says Hilary Benn MP

    “This was a superb event and it was certainly great to hear from a high profile local MP about his thoughts on the Northern Powerhouse and what he thinks the priorities for the Yorkshire region are. “I was pleased with Hilary’s support for the leadership of Leeds and his emphasis that we all control our own destiny. His passion for his constituency and his awareness of the social problems we face show an MP who will undoubtedly fight this city’s corner. Hilary’s awareness of the world economy was impressive”.

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  • 30/03/2016
    Hilary Benn MP To Present At Irwin Mitchell's Powerhouse Debate

    “We are delighted that Hilary Benn has agreed to speak at our event on the UK Powerhouse. Hilary is a great supporter of his constituency here in Leeds and will, I am sure, take a positive line over what is a challenging objective set by the Government. It promises to be a lively debate and has clearly caught the imagination with a strong demand for places already.”

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