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Samantha Hook

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Howard Kennedy LLP

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Real Estate


Partner. Having spent some 14 years in commercial lending for a major private bank, Sam moved into law. Sam advises on financing, refinancing, acquisition and disposal as well as leasing. Her clients include banks and other lenders, as well as commercial and residential propertyinvestors and developers of freehold and leasehold properties and international family offices.

A family office commented on Sam "… She does more than simply get a deal done – she thinks of the interests of our business, its aims and its strategy. She contributes to the business thinking from the perspective of owners and comes out with innovative great ideas..."  

Sam is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Sam is also a South East Committee member of Women in Property having been Chair between March 2015 and February 2016.


Trained Finers Stephens Innocent LLP; qualified 2003; partner Howard Kennedy 2011.


ACIB (Associate of Chartered Institute of Bankers); South East Chair of Women in Property.


Erith School (1983 eight ‘O’ levels); Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (1993); BPP Law School (1999 Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Commendation; 2000 Diploma in Legal Practice, Distinction).


Reading, tennis and keeping fit generally, eating out, socialising with family and friends.

London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Development finance and Islamic finance are key areas of growth for the 'supportive, responsive and pragmatic' team at Howard Kennedy LLP, which also handles senior and mezzanine lending, bridge finance and investment finance. It acts for a healthy balance of lender clients, including Santander, RBS, Metro Bank and Octane Capital, and borrowers such as Galliard Homes and Ballymore. Steve Clinning, who is 'always commercial, responsive and a pleasure to deal with', acted for Octopus Property on the £48m funding of the acquisition of the Sky building in Brentwood, completing the matter in just ten days; Clinning and Marcus Jamson also advised Neo Capital on the £50m acquisition of a property in Hammersmith. Daniel Fireman, 'one of the most knowledgeable and experienced solicitors in this industry', heads the practice, which also includes Samantha Hook. Nada Jarnaz joined from Taylor Wessing LLP.

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Residential property

Within: Residential property

Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice ‘exceeds expectations’ and regularly handles property acquisitions in London and around the UK in the range of £10m - £25m. Pervaze Ahmed leads the team and is ‘an exceptional conveyancing lawyer’ who is ‘always on hand to answer queries’ and has ‘the right level of forcefulness during transactions’. Ahmed has specific expertise of the prime and super-prime residential property market in Central London and acts for clients in the UK, South East Asia and the Middle East. Partner Samantha Hook acts for various on shore and offshore private banks providing loans secured against premium residential property. Clients for the firm include Arbuthnot Latham & Co, Bank Julius Baer & Co and Coutts & Co.

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