James Mitchell

I am a commercial property solicitor, based in Chubb Bulleid’s Somerton office, specialising in property development. I act for landowners, promoters and SME developers in connection with the disposal and acquisition of land for residential, commercial and mixed-used development. I advise on conditional contracts, option, promotion and collaboration agreements and overage provisions. I also deal with site set-up, infrastructure agreements and plot disposals, including to commercial tenants pursuant to agreements for lease and to registered providers by way of “golden brick” agreements.


I undertake a wide range of other commercial property work in addition, with particular expertise in investment sales and purchases, secured lending (securing acquisition and/or development finance) and all aspects of commercial landlord and tenant work.


I studied French at Bristol University and the GDL and LPC at the University of Law before starting my legal career at Tees Law, a regional firm in East Anglia, where I qualified in 2015. After relocating to Somerset in 2017, I worked at Clarke Wilmott until I joined Chubb Bulleid in June 2021.


My favourites


Favourite season: I love aspects of all of them but would probably choose late spring/early summer or early autumn – when the days are relatively long and pleasantly warm, but no sun cream is required!


Dogs or cats: I grew up with a succession of golden retrievers and always thought of myself as a “dog person”. However, we now have two devoted cats, who have endured multiple house moves and the arrival of two children/terrorisers with remarkable patience, so I would have to say both.


Favourite album: A tricky question, but it has to be something by Genesis – probably either Selling England by the Pound or Duke. Honourable mentions to The Last Broadcast by Doves, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis, Blackwater Park by Opeth and Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs.


Walk or run: Walk – I like to take in what’s going on around me. I enjoy running too though – or, if I am allowed the time (!), cycling.