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James Pontifex

Senior Associate

James is a member of the Real Estate team in London.

He has acted on a wide range of commercial property transactions from developments and financings to acquisitions and disposals, as well as lettings for both landlords and occupiers.

James has particular experience of large-scale renewable energy and infrastructure projects


Pro bono

Managed and volunteered at community law centre providing pro bono legal advice to those living and working in the borough.

Advising a charity on their first registration and subsequent disposal (with overage) of surplus rural land.

Published Work

  • Practical Lending and Security Precedents, Sweet & Maxwell, 2021 (contributor)



Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2016


MA, History, Oxford University, 2011


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.