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Where our story begins…

James Leighton Financial Services was founded by Managing Director Oliver Peace in December 2009. The company fast outgrew Oliver’s spare bedroom and is now a bustling and ever-expanding business located in the heart of Long Eaton, a small market town situated between Nottingham and Derby.

Who are we?

We are the people who help you buy a house, so that you can build a home. Over the past 10 years we have helped thousands of people to buy houses by sharing with them our professional financial experience and knowledge, and by guiding them towards the most-suited mortgage option for them.

We love helping others and find that by turning chaos into simplicity we make good things happen, which ultimately results in our customers moving into their dream home.

Buying a house is no mean feat and while it shouldn’t involve blood, sweat and tears, you may feel like you’ve been put through the wringer by the time you’re ready to pack up your boxes. That is why we’ve tailored our processes to be customer-friendly and personal, so that your worries are eased and your stress-levels remain low. We are open until 6pm every day including weekends, just let us know what works best for you. We are here to explain and arrange all-things mortgages, protection and more, there is no question that is too big, small or silly.  

How are we different from all the rest?

We believe that sometimes the best way to advance is to take a step backwards and look at things from a new perspective. With this in mind, we continuously assess our processes and regularly research the best practices and methods of improving the service we provide to our customers.  
We call this unique and streamlined approach “The James Leighton Way”.

The James Leighton Way explained in 3 simple words: Immediate, Personal and Free*

… and what this means for our customers.

Immediate: When you initially call us, you will be put straight through to our friendly Qualifying Team who will have a quick conversation with you, and can answer any questions you might have about applying for a mortgage and the house-buying process. They will go through your affordability and in most cases, they’ll get you into a position to reserve your dream home within an hour! Following receipt of your documents, our Diary Control Team will book you in with a Mortgage Adviser and will tell you everything you’ll need ahead of your appointment. They understand that this stage of buying a home can feel like a minefield, so their job is to remove all the stress of processing your documents and are happy to offer you all the assistance you need.

Personal: There are no ‘bots' here, just a friendly team of professionals who can answer your questions and offer guidance when you need it. Whether you prefer to speak on the phone, meet with us face to face in our offices, or, from the comfort of your own home… we will cater to you. Once we have all your documents and we have booked your appointment with a mortgage adviser, you will be introduced to your Dedicated Case Handler. Your Dedicated Case Handler’s job is to know your case inside out and to make sure that everything runs smoothly. You will have their direct dial number so that you can reach them if you ever need to ask a question. Their role is to regularly keep you updated and make sure you are aware of the next steps ahead, but fundamentally to hold your hand throughout your mortgage journey.

Free* Our services are absolutely free when you apply for a mortgage of £100,000 or more, or purchase a New Build property.  There are no hidden costs and you are under no obligation to take our advice or use our services.  But let’s be clear, we need to make money somehow and like all brokers we receive a fee from the Lenders when we put business their way, the only difference is we don’t charge you a fee on top.

*a one-off fee of £495 will be charged if you apply for a mortgage of £100,000 or less. However, this charge will not apply if you are purchasing a New Build property. For full details of our fee structure please contact us on [email protected]

Need more convincing? Why not take a look at our Google Business Reviews

Client Testimonials

  • Amazing advise and service! I'm a first time buyer and Victoria has made the first steps process really easy. She was really professional and so helpful. Thank you Victoria and the James Leighton Team!

  • James Leighton was recommended to us by one of the New Build Estate agent. Craig Smith was absolutely brilliant with this service of helping us getting a Decision in Principle. He was very patient, understanding, helpful and answered all our question throughout the process. I definitely recommend him and James Leighton for new home owners to discuss their eligibility. We would definitely be going back to Craig if we require assistance in future. All the best Craig :-)

    Kaanita Hassan
  • James Leighton was recommended to us by a family member who hasn’t recently used their services. I can honestly say I have never dealt with a more professional company than these guys! We had a rocky few months in the beginning, we was looked after by Jessica Bridges to start with and she was fantastic. She would always go above and beyond to help us with any queries or questions we had. Hyat was our senior mortgage adviser and he was brilliant, very friendly, made conversation on calls, explained things clearly and would do anything for you. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for these guys, we are a week away from moving into our new home and I cannot thank these guys more.

    Amie Pettitt
  • Thank you so much Ollie. you have been an absolute star and eased the process completely.

    JLFS Customer
  • Me and my partner are buying our first property and Diane has been the best help! She explained everything we were nervous about from the very beginning and has helped us every step along the way with any queries that arose. Very responsive on emails and generally keeping up to date with the new build process, she even managed to secure us a better deal with a better interest rate even though we'd already agreed a deal with the bank. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend her and will definitely be keeping in touch with her for all future mortgage related things :)

  • Will highly recommend. Very professional, helpful and efficient. Diane Sheppard has been an absolute star in helping me buy my first property. She sorted all the paperwork and I must admit I was very impressed with the efficient service. She was very prompt in replying to any queries that arose, updated me regularly and ensured that the process ran smoothly. Thank you Diane for all your help, 5 stars from me.

  • Victoria Scott at James Leighton is amazing! I am a first time buyer, everything is new to me, and she has made the process so far very easy! She has gone above and beyond for me and does everything super quick! She is so personable and easy to talk to, making you feel at ease every step of the way! Thank you so much Victoria, and I look forward to continuing to work with you!