James is now responsible for coordinating the firm’s real estate teams across its four Midlands offices in Birmingham, Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. With a long-standing reputation in the region, he leads the relationship for some of the firm’s largest clients.
Patrick Adie has also been promoted to National Head of Housebuilding & Strategic Land, with responsibility for promoting the firm’s offering in these key sectors. Patrick is an award-winning solicitor and is ranked as ‘Up and Coming’ in Chambers and Partners 2023.
Partner and National Head of Real Estate at Freeths Darren Williamson said: “It is our mission statement to be the best national real estate practice in the UK and to be the destination firm for real estate clients. We have been consistently ranked as ‘Tier 1’ in the leading directories’ legal rankings where James and Patrick operate, and these appointments will help further our aims. Both James and Patrick are ‘home grown’ talent, having trained at Freeths and built outstanding practices over their careers, which serves to highlight why Freeths is such a great place to work. It is a huge pleasure to welcome them into their new roles.”
James Hart added: “Freeths is a national, full-service law firm but our heart is the historic Midlands-based property practice – it is the ‘engine room’ of what we do. I’m looking forward to supporting the team’s growth over the next five years of our business plan.”
Patrick Adie continued: “We have an outstanding reputation in the housebuilding and strategic land sectors, including having acted for many of the top-10 housebuilders for several decades. It’s exciting to be able to lead the team on the next stage of our growth plans. I look forward to working with colleagues across our 12 offices so that we can continue to build on our outstanding service for clients, both at regional and national level.”