James Spence is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Industry group. He joined Goodwin in 2013. Mr. Spence has a wide range of experience in domestic and cross-border real estate investments and private M&A transactions. He acts for a variety of stakeholders across the real estate sector on all aspects of investments in European real estate, including structured sales and acquisitions, joint ventures, real estate funds, club deals and investment management mandates.




Mr. Spence’s recent matters include representing:

  • Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc on the £204 million acquisition of 111 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1 – a 227,000 sq ft landmark, Grade A building located near Victoria Station in London
  • A Southeast Asian investor in the £155 million purchase of a 50% interest in three UK retail parks anchored by Tesco superstores
  • HIG Capital in relation to Bayside Capital’s (a credit affiliate of HIG Capital) joint venture with M7 Real Estate to acquire light industrial real estate in the Netherlands
  • A global investment manager on various fund establishments and joint venture work
  • A European fund manager on the reorganisation of an Indian fund
  • GreenOak Real Estate Advisors in its acquisition of Allen House, a large residential building in Kensington, London
  • Qatari real estate company Barwa in the £500 million purchase and development funding of Park House, Oxford Street, London W1*
  • Istithmar, the investment arm of Dubai World, in its £500 million+ UK investment programme including the acquisitions of two of London’s most prestigious office buildings, the Adelphi on the Strand and Grand Buildings in Trafalgar Square, and their subsequent sales*

* Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Spence was a senior associate with Linklaters LLP.

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Dip L.P., 2004
The Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
B.A., 2003
Oxford University, New College



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