John Foster


Commercial Property

John has worked in the Leeds property world for over 20 years and is a senior member of Shulmans’ real estate team, which is one of the most successful teams of its kind in the country.

He is immersed in the Yorkshire commercial property community, from where he is well placed to make introductions and bring people together in order to facilitate deals. John has been described by one client as someone who “distinctively understands his clients’ objectives” and who brings “an imaginative and dynamic approach to the means of achieving it”.

John advises tenants, developers, investors, banks and financiers. His work covers most types of property scheme including: city centre and out-of-town retail developments; offices and mixed-use schemes; complex investment schemes involving overseas property finance and development; property finance; and the private rented sector.

John works with our planning, regulatory and corporate finance teams to deal with what are often complex issues, including:

  • Environmental hazards
  • VAT
  • Capital allowances
  • SDLT
  • Planning and utilities
  • Renewables, including wind, commercial solar and battery storage

Additionally, John has considerable expertise in property investment and development involving unit-based sales and investment, primarily in respect to student and hotel accommodation. This fast-moving and sophisticated market often involves complicated and challenging issues.

Commercial Property - Meet the Team

Services for the acquisition, disposal, management and development of commercial real estate

Peter Woods


Commercial Property

Direct Line +44 (0)113 288 2855

Simon Rhodes


Commercial Property

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3768

Amelia Purdy


Commercial Property

Direct Line +44 (0)113 207 0186

Martina McArdle

Trainee Solicitor

Commercial Property

Direct Line +44 (0)113 831 3837