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Lester Aldridge LLP

RUSSELL HOUSE, OXFORD ROAD, BOURNEMOUTH, BH8 8EX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01202 786161
Fax:
Fax 01202 786110
DX:
7623 BOURNEMOUTH
Email:
Web:
www.lesteraldridge.com
Bournemouth BH23, Bournemouth BH8, London, Southampton

Mark Benham

Tel:
Work 01202 786318
Email:
Lester Aldridge LLP

Work Department

Real estate.

Position

Mark is an experienced commercial property lawyer, advising a number of national and regional businesses. He leads a team focusing on the housebuilding sector and also has expertise in the care sector. Recent projects include advising on the acquisition of a shopping centre in Surrey for a mixed - use development and advising on the acquisition of land in Hertfordshire for 81 extra care and retirement apartments.

Career

Trained Lester Aldridge; qualified 2002; partner 2007.

Member

Law Society; co-founder of the Bournemouth Property Association.

Education

Highcliffe Comprehensive (1993); Brockenhurst College (1995); University of Southampton, (1999 LLB Hons); College of Law, Guildford, (2000 LPC).

Leisure

Football, music and family.


South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire

Within: Commercial property: Hampshire

Lester Aldridge LLP's team's 'knowledge and advice on real world issues that can impact projects is incredible' according to one client. The team has notable expertise advising on issues pertaining to house building, investments, portfolio management and finance, especially in the telecoms, hotels, ports and marinas, and healthcare sectors. It is acting for CHG holdings on the development of a Travelodge in Somerset, work that includes advising on the site acquisition, planning and construction as well as assisting with a forward-funding agreement. The group also acted for Lewis Investment Fund on the acquisition of a large retail investment. McCarthy & Stone, Captiva Homes, Monzo Bank, Big Yellow and Bargate Homes are also among its clients. Practice head Matthew Barrow is highlighted 'for his extreme legal dexterity when dealing with complicated projects and for always having a solution to issues encountered with transactions'. Roger Woolley, Suki Samra and Mark Benham are other key partners. Laura Anne Burgess and Nicola Sutton are also noted.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Within: Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Lester Aldridge LLP’s property department has particular expertise in property finance and investment transactions in the telecoms, healthcare, leisure, and port and marina sectors. Of particular note, Suki Samra is advising EE and Three on the property issues arising from a government-sponsored project to supply emergency network services. Samra also acts for bank-side clients in a litany of secured lending transactions. Additionally, Mark Benham advised Meggitt Properties on the property aspects of its £57.5m sale to QinetiQ Group. The team was also involved in a large medical centre disposal and acted for a landlord in a substantial corporate letting agreement. Marina Developments, McCarthy Stone, Big Yellow and Captiva Homes are among the team’s key clients. The department is led by Matthew Barrow out of the Southampton office.

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