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John Flathers



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

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