We are delighted to welcome experienced commercial property solicitor Jamie Cooper to Beswicks Legal.
Beswicks’ commercial property department is widely regarded as the most knowledgeable, responsive and cost-effective in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and beyond, and the addition of Jamie to the team further strengthens that position.
At Beswicks, there’s nothing we love more than getting to know people, so we decided a Q&A with our newest team member was in order.
Tell us a bit about yourself, Jamie
I studied Law and Human Resource Management at Keele University, graduating in 2009. I then undertook the LPC at Staffordshire University achieving a distinction.
Following graduation, I trained and qualified at a leading regional firm in the North West before moving to a Top 50 law firm in the East Midlands where my main focus was commercial and residential development.
I then took an opportunity to move in-house with a leading strategic land promoter focusing on the promotion and disposal of land for, predominantly, residential development.
Is there a particular area of commercial property law that you specialise in?
- Residential & commercial development
- Strategic land (including promotion and option agreements)
- Landlord and tenant & asset management
What attracted you to join the team at Beswicks?
The locality, the calibre of work and the clients on offer.
Having lived in Staffordshire all my life, I have not been fortunate enough (until now) to work locally. I have always tended to commute to nearby cities for work (Derby, Manchester, Birmingham).
The ability to live and work within a vibrant property market that is seeing huge investment and development is a big draw.
Beswicks has a strong reputation in the local area and further afield and I’m looking forward to enhancing that reputation where possible.
How do you stay abreast of the constantly evolving national and regional commercial property markets and do you have any predictions for 2021?
Having worked in both private practice and in-house for a strategic land promoter, I have always taken an interest in the regional and national property market.
I try to keep as up-to-date as possible with local news, press releases and investments being made locally and further afield.
2020 has been a difficult and odd year for the commercial property market. One full of challenges and difficulties for many. However, one thing that the last recession taught us all was that investment in property and infrastructure is of utmost importance and I think many strategists, investors and property professionals are on the lookout for opportunities created by the 2020 uncertainty.
It’s difficult to predict what 2021 will bring, particularly with Brexit (in whatever form that will take) and the likely financial implications of a post-Covid Britain. However, one thing is for sure, the commercial property market will be utilised for the opportunity, investment and a key driver in economic stability and growth for the future.
What do you like doing when you’re not working?
Spending time with my family (which is usually me running around after my three-year-old son), watching cricket and, when I have the time, attending Vale Park to watch the mighty Port Vale in action.
What motto would you say you live and work by?
I wouldn’t say that I have a particular motto but the mantra I try to live and work by is to do everything to the best of my ability, with pragmatism and enthusiasm.
I have always taken the view that the best form of PR is to work hard for your clients, exceed expectations and treat every client with respect.
Clients often comment on my pragmatism and commerciality during transactions and I believe the best lawyer/client relationship is one of collaboration and mutual respect.