James Holton


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I am a specialist property litigation solicitor and head the Property Dispute Resolution team at Butcher & Barlow. I am based at the Firm’s dedicated commercial office on Gadbrook Park, Northwich.

I deal with all types of property litigation with a particular focus on landlord and tenant matters. I act for a variety of clients including investors with large portfolios, developers, commercial landlords and tenants, management companies and individuals. I specialise in the following areas:

  • Landlord and tenant
  • Lease terminations/renewals
  • Forfeiture
  • Dilapidations
  • Lease management
  • Vacant possession strategy
  • Service charges and Section 20 consultations
  • Agricultural tenancies
  • Possession claims
  • Rent arrears
  • Rights of way
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Ownership disputes
  • Injunctions

I regularly act for clients in the Business and Property Court, County Court and Tribunal.

I am named in The Legal 500 as  ‘Rising Star’ in the field of property litigation and have been recognised as having “substantial experience, beyond [my] years” and being “… a commercially minded specialist property litigator”.

Recent highlights include:

  • Successful resolution of a high-value dilapidations claim against a national retailer.
  • Successfully obtaining a decision in the Tribunal in relation to service charge liability and the interpretation of leases concerning fire safety works at a multi-storey residential building.
  • Recovery of substantial Section 20 monies for a management company.
  • Securing vacant possession of premises for development projects.

My approach is objective-focused so as to provide practical, strategic advice which allows clients to achieve favourable, commercial resolutions.

Outside of work I have a season ticket at Stoke City. I also enjoy music and getting exercise.

Legal Insights from James

Extension of Protection for Commercial Tenants Extended

New Safety Compliance Rules for Residential Landlords

Who Pays for Essential Fire Safety Works?

Protections for Commercial and Residential Tenants Further Extended March 2021

Government Extends Commercial Lease Enforcement Restrictions September 2020

Protection for commercial tenants extended June 2020

New Hurdle for Landlords Opposing the Renewal of Commercial Leases

Take Notice: Getting Commercial Lease Notices Right

Specialist Areas

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Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Property Dispute Resolution


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What our clients say

Neil Burridge

Radius Consulting

James and I have worked on a number of cases involving different types of clients. I have found James to have a clear grasp of the issues at hand, be superb in the advice he has given, whilst being practical and commercially minded. I would have no hesitation in recommending him whether advising a landlord or tenant.

The Legal 500 2021

James Holton was exceptional in his attention to detail and efficiency – he advised us at all times and kept us in the loop with everything always.

The Legal 500 2021

James Holton has substantial experience, beyond his years. He is a commercially minded specialist property litigator.

Thank you James for looking after us so well today and also achieving a satisfactory outcome. We feel a huge sense of relief

Thank you for all your patience and for persevering with this case, when at times it seemed like there was no ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. We are very relieved that it has reached a successful conclusion

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