John R Burns Partner


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1990 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  London

Secondary office  Birmingham




John R Burns

John Burns helps clients to achieve their goals on time and in budget, each time, every time.

With over 25 years' experience at the coalface of real estate transactions, John offers clients solutions; leads from the front; and takes ownership and responsibility. Time is a precious commodity for busy clients. John makes the best use of it, working alongside his clients and constantly thinking ahead to resolve potential issues before they arise. That, along with his personable approach and unflappable demeanour, is what sets John apart.

Highlights

Real estate is what I'm interested in; the people, the deals and the excitement of it.

I've been fortunate to have worked closely with the UK's industrial developer community over the last 25 years, and it's an area I have particular expertise in.

I've also spent a good deal of time in the private equity world, especially with US and other overseas investors, and it always presents plenty of interesting and exciting challenges.

Managing large transactions and big client teams is one of my strong points. I relish the pressure, the teamwork, the high stakes – and the satisfaction of a job well done.

In the end, though, it's the people I enjoy the most. I enjoy helping good friends and clients to build their businesses and achieve the success they deserve.The industry is generally populated by great people, who work hard and play hard. Just as I like it.

Clients

Industrial developers, UK institutional investors and US private equity investors.

Experience

Helping a US private equity investor acquire several £billion of debt secured on UK real estate.

Working with many institutional and private equity real estate investors in acquiring large UK real estate portfolios across all sectors.

Working in particular with industrial developers on land assemblies, pre-lettings, leases and investment disposals, nationwide.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      2018
      The Legal 500 United Kingdom Hall of Fame - 2018
    • Rankings & Awards
      2018
      Legal 500 - 2018 - Leading individual (Commercial Property: Birmingham)
  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Leading individual, Legal 500 - Real estate
    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 1998

    • Career
      1998
      Wragge & Co, partner,
  • 1990

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1990
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1983

    • Education
      1983
      University of Nottingham, BA Law