James Daglish


James specialises in leisure and retail transactions.

James has considerable experience advising on non-contentious commercial real estate matters, predominantly in the field of landlord and tenant relations, particularly within the leisure and retail sector; he also advises on sales, acquisitions and refinancing.  He has a broad portfolio of clients, and is well versed in providing a clear, pragmatic, and tailored service.

In addition, James has carved out a niche providing licensing advice for the leisure sector, from hotel chains, restaurants and nightclubs to stand alone bars and pubs.  He is a competent advocate, but is equally proficient at providing practical day to day advice.

James regularly writes articles in  his specialist fields, please click here to see James' latest articles on GD Knowledge.  He commands a great deal of respect from clients, colleagues and other professionals.

What the directories say

James is recommended by the leading legal directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Both directories recommend lawyers based on independently conducted market research. Chambers & Partners note that  James is “acclaimed not only for his ability to "address the problems you're considering and give an objective view," but also for his "diligent, intelligent and strategically superb" performances.”


  • Charterhouse
  • University of Leeds
  • College of Law, London


After attending College of Law, London, James spent a year working as a paralegal at Allen & Overy before joining Goodman Derrick as a trainee solicitor in 2002. He qualified as a solicitor in the Property department at Goodman Derrick in 2004.


  • Law Society
  • Commercial Real Estate Lawyers Association
  • Institute of Licensing
  • The City Of London Solicitors' Company

Out of the office

James enjoys running, playing the piano and spending time with his family.