• I am a property lawyer specialising in the healthcare sector. I have considerable experience acting on estates matters for a range of clients that include NHS trusts and foundation trusts, commissioners of NHS services (including CCGs and NHS England), independent providers of healthcare services, as well as national bodies such as the Department of Health, Community Health Partnerships and NHS Property Services Limited.

    I offer pragmatic, commercial and cost effective advice to my clients and recognise the importance of delivering projects on time and within budget. I am recognised as a recommended individual in the Legal 500 2016 in the Health Sector.


    I have contributed a number of articles on aspects of the funding of primary care premises to GP Newspaper and other publications. In addition, I have contributed on several occasions to Property Law Journal and Landlord and Tenant Review, including, in particular, on the subject of the rights of undocumented occupiers.

  • My particular career highlights include:                                                      

    • providing extensive strategic advice to NHS England on the statutory framework governing investment in primary care premises;
    • advising on all aspects of the use and occupation of NHS LIFT premises; and
    • advising on numerous high value disposals of surplus NHS land to unlock capital receipts for my clients

    I have a very detailed knowledge of the health sector and its current challenges. I advised extensively on the abolition of Primary Care Trusts and I have been involved in estates related work on the development of New Models of Care and on devolution projects. 

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    Property Focus


    Changing use and changing covenants - by no means automatic

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    Developers and rights of light – don’t be left in the dark!

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    Agreements for lease – getting up close and personal

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    Mears Ltd v Costplan Services (South East) Ltd [2019] – when is practical completion complete?

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    Churston Golf Club v Haddock [2019] – don’t fence me in!

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    Modifying restrictive covenants – one house or two?

James Atkins. Clear, coherent, practical advice is always given no matter what the issue presented to him. He has outstanding knowledge of the field in which he operates and is personable and approachable, making him an excellent asset to the firm and a priceless form of support to our in-house legal team.

Legal 500, 2022

James's areas of expertise

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