Thomas Pearson

Partner and Joint Head of Department

Thomas Pearson

Partner and Joint Head of Department Manchester Real Estate Commercial

Thomas joined JMW in 2013 from DTM Legal where he was Head of Property and part of the initial team who formed the start-up where he built up their property team - this hands on experience of business development in setting up a law firm from scratch coupled with the demands, pressures and opportunities faced by running an SME means he is ideally placed to understand clients’ needs to assist them in making commercial decisions.

Since joining he has assisted to the significant growth of JMW’s Real Estate offering whilst continuing to build his reputation and client base and now co-heads the Real Estate Commercial department.

He is a firm believer in the power of making worthwhile connections and seeking to understand how best to link these people to create new opportunities for both established clients, contacts and referrers alike.

In Legal 500 Thomas is described as “particularly diligent, hardworking and approachable; his work ethic is second to none.”

He regularly attends key property events as well as the annual MIPIM festival to maintain a weather eye on the market and is often invited to provide commentary on trends and state of the market. He uses these events to provide updates and introductions to his clients and contacts.

In April 2020 Thomas created and continues to chair a weekly Real Estate video ‘round tables’ with clients, contacts and professionals alike across a variety of sectors within Real Estate.

If you would like to join or know more about these  please get in touch .

Feedback from attendees includes:

“Really insightful, some good people on there. Thanks for taking the time to do it, and you did a great job of hosting and leading it, much appreciated. It’s clever. Great relationship builder too”

“Thanks Thomas Pearson one thing is for sure you will never be out of work with your presentation and orchestrating skills! All the best and look forward to next week.”

and

“Thanks so much for the invite to the meeting and that I was hugely blown away by the discussion. It’s really unique and valuable to have such a forum to discuss property matters and I’m grateful to be a part of it”

Thomas specialises in Real Estate Development in the following sectors:

  • Healthcare; care homes, medical centres and assisted living (including turnkey developments)
  • Residential; new build houses and apartments, site assembly, social & affordable housing, student development and permitted development conversions
  • Leisure; parks and hotels
  • Retail; Convenience stores and Petrol fuelling stations

Thomas acts for Castlemead Group Limited, who source, design, fund and contract innovative residential, primary healthcare and nursing home developments throughout the UK as well as Grafton Land & Property Limited and other healthcare developers. He also has significant experience of acting on the operators side on healthcare schemes.

To date he has advised on new-build care-home projects to create in excess of 2,300 new residential care beds across the UK.

In the residential sector Thomas’ clients include: Blueoak Estates, Lingar Group and Whitecroft Group with a variety of schemes across the northwest and further afield he acts for a number of Far East and offshore (Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man) investors who acquire large scale residential and commercial portfolios, some of which are undertaken by overarching agreements.

With the continued growth of the Social Housing Sector, Thomas leads the team acting for Hornsearle Property Group as well as for registered providers on their affordable and social housing requirements.

Despite the downturn in some sectors in 2020 others have continued to outperform, such as the C-store and PFS markets which have been very resilient. Thomas heads up the team acting for the Northhold Group on their property requirements, who are very active in these markets.

With his long standing clients Thomas has forged a quasi 'in-house role' maintaining strong working relationships with the key decision makers in the businesses.

Thomas has been a key player in JMW’s continued expansion having project managed the Real Estate and Commercial departments new offices in Manchester as well as JMW’s Liverpool and London office projects, giving him a good empathy of being client side and the demands of delivering a project on budget and to a deadline. Delivering and project managing for JMW in the last 4 years fits outs of over 30,000 ft sq of new space for the firm’s expansion

Thomas featured on The Best in Property podcast speaking about the UK property market under the COVID-19. You can listen to the podcast here.


Thomas was educated and grew up in Guernsey, he speaks fluent French and has a French Law qualification from Bordeaux University.

Outside of work Thomas is a father of four, enjoys cooking and baking and is a keen sportsman: cricket, golf, wakeboarding and rugby for Chester RUFC. ​​​​​

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