John J.Crowley


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John Crowley has extensive experience providing construction legal advice across a number of industry sectors, with a focus on real estate development, renewable energy, and infrastructure projects, in the United Kingdom and internationally. He acts in both transactional and contentious spheres for a wide range of clients, including developers, funders, large property owners, contractors, investors, and private individuals.

John's transactional experience includes regularly advising on procurement strategy, engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, forward funding and development agreements, and preparing and negotiating bespoke suites of construction documentation for high-profile and complex construction projects. John's recent experience includes advising an international developer on the acquisition, development, and financing on one of the largest private rental schemes in the United Kingdom.

In addition to his noncontentious practice, John is experienced in the resolution of construction disputes across a variety of forums, including mediation, adjudication, arbitration, and High Court proceedings.

John is recognized in The Legal 500 UK as a "next generation partner" and described as "a rising star in this area — extremely hard-working, dedicated and has an in-depth understanding of the technical issues in this highly complex field."

John is a member of the Society of Construction Law (SCL) and a regular contributor to articles in the industry press.


  • Ares Real Estate acquires hotel portfolio from LandsecJones Day advised funds managed by Ares Real Estate in the £400 million acquisition of a portfolio of hotels concentrated in London and other major UK cities from Landsec and the hotel operations from AccorInvest.
  • Greystar secures 391 home BTR forward funding in Staines-Upon-ThamesJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC on its forward funding of Renshaw's Yard in Staines, a 391-home BTR development in Surrey, from Dandara Living. The transaction marks the latest in Greystar’s strong UK growth strategy.
  • Greystar acquires site for student accommodation development in Wembley ParkJones Day represented a fund sponsored by Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in connection with the acquisition of a purpose-built student accommodation development site in Wembley Park, north London from Quintain.
  • Greystar and Vía Célere create joint venture to acquire portfolio of 2,425 rental housing units in SpainJones Day advised Greystar Equity Partners Europe Fund I in relation to its joint venture with Via Célere and the related forward-purchase of a 12 project portfolio of rental housing units in Madrid, Malaga, Valencia, Seville and Bilbao from Via Célere. The Build to Rent portfolio is one of the largest in Spain and will operate under the “Be Casa Essential” brand.
  • OakNorth provides growth financing for Lovett CareJones Day advised OakNorth Bank plc in connection with certain bespoke secured debt facilities to finance the strategic growth plans of Lovett Care Limited, the UK care home provider.
  • Greystar acquires build-to-rent scheme in Bermondsey, LondonJones Day advised a joint venture partnership between Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC and a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), in its acquisition from Grosvenor of a landmark build-to-rent ("BTR") scheme in Bermondsey, London.
  • MARK Capital sells European portfolio to PrologisJones Day advised MARK Capital in the €1.585 billion sale of Crossbay (by Crossbay SCSp RAIF), its specialized pan-European last-mile logistics platform, to Prologis European Logistics Fund.
  • Cain International provides £261.5 million development loan to Shinfield Studios to finance construction of film and television production facility in ReadingJones Day advised Cain International in connection with a £261.5 million development loan provided to Shinfield Studios to finance the construction of a film and television production facility in Reading.
  • Oxford Properties acquires seven properties for £202.5 millionJones Day represented Oxford Properties advised by M7 in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of seven properties located across the United Kingdom known as the Bow and Arrow portfolio for £202.5 million.
  • Greystar acquires five high-quality UK assets for £388 millionJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in the £388 million acquisition of four purpose built student accommodation ("PBSA") assets and one build-to-rent ("BTR") asset from Downing.
  • Greystar forms strategic partnership of up to £2.2 billion with ADIA to develop build-to-rent in London and acquires Fizzy Living for £400 millionJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in connection with the formation of a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), targeting the acquisition and development of c.£2.2 billion of build-to-rent (BTR) assets in London, UK and surrounding commuter towns.
  • Cortland Partners buys build-to-rent scheme in UKJones Day represented Cortland Partners LLC in connection with the negotiation of a forward purchase of a build-to-rent development in Manchester, UK.
  • Cortland Partners develops second build-to-rent scheme in UKJones Day represented Cortland Partners LLC in its second build-to-rent scheme in the UK located in Birmingham.
  • Wells Fargo provides acquisition and development facility for mixed-use development in LondonJones Day advised Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in connection with the acquisition and development facility relating to a mixed-use development in Covent Garden, London.
  • Cain International provides £40.3 million loan to Vita Group for development of 401-bed student accommodation scheme in Cardiff, WalesJones Day advised Cain International in connection with a £40.3 million loan provided to the Vita Group to finance the development of a 401-bed student accommodation scheme located in Cardiff, Wales.
  • Greystar acquires £291 million portfolio of UK student accommodations from Nido portfolioJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in the £291 million acquisition of five purpose-built student accommodation ("PBSA") assets from the Nido portfolio.
  • Real estate developer brings £10 million action arising out of cladding defects in London buildingJones Day is acting for a real estate developer in relation to a dispute arising out of fire stopping defects and ACM cladding issues in a London building.
  • Real estate company brings TCC action relating to multistory property in LondonJones Day is representing an international real estate company in a dispute against a major construction company arising out of defects in the design and construction of a multistory development in London, United Kingdom.
  • Goldman sold iQ Student Accommodation dorms to Blackstone for £4.66 billionOn May 15, 2020, Jones Day clients Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust completed the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66 billion (US$5.73 billion), representing the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK.
  • CBRE Global Investors, on behalf of international separate account client, acquires Premier Place, Devonshire Square, LondonJones Day advised CBRE Global Investors, on behalf of an international separate account client, in the acquisition of Premier Place, Devonshire Square, London.