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Lester Aldridge LLP

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Matthew Barrow

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Lester Aldridge LLP

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Real estate.


Matthew is a commercial property lawyer and heads the real estate group. He is also a member of the firm’s management board. He deals with a broad range of commercial property work including property investment, the acquisition and disposal of business premises and portfolio management, including complex landlord and tenant issues. Matthew is particularly recognised for his expertise in the property aspects of recoveries and insolvency. He advises a number of banks and secured lenders and insolvency practitioners on recovery strategies, appointments and disposals. Matthew and his team are known for their ability to help lenders and Insolvency Practitioners effect exit strategies on more complex matters and to provide effective solutions for the associated issues that arise on receivership/administrations. Clients for whom Matthew acts include several clearing banks, pension funds, Marina Developments Limited, Diamond Property Holdings, and State Securities plc.


Trained Lester Aldridge LLP; qualified 2001; partner Lester Aldridge LLP 2009.

South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Lester Aldridge LLP’s insolvency and corporate recovery lawyers Nick Keitley and Melia Hirst ‘are a dependable team’ whose ‘response times and knowledge are second to none’. The practice mainly advises practitioners during trading administrations and liquidations, but also handles insolvent business sales, voluntary arrangements, receiverships and insolvency strategies. Other areas of work included the representation of banks and asset-based lenders as well as creditors, stakeholders, landlords, suppliers, contractors and company directors. The team receives support on security enforcement and property disposals from head of real estate Matthew Barrow. Keitley, who gives ‘sensible and pragmatic legal advice with a vast wealth of experience’, was instructed by Rothmans Recovery to act on the proposed CVA of Peartime and later the company’s administration. Together with the ‘very approachable, hardworking and progressive’ Hirst, he also advised Portland Business & Financial Solutions on the respective administrations of Elastic Artists Agency, Toximet and Original Organics. Begbies Traynor, FRP Advisory and Santander are part of a client base that spans the real estate, hospitality, healthcare and charity sectors.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire

Within: Commercial property: Hampshire

Lester Aldridge LLP ‘consistently delivers a very high standard of service, even on the most contentious and complex of issues’; the team has ‘high-calibre individuals with a vast breadth of experience and knowledge’. It frequently advises clients on high-value site acquisitions and divestments, portfolio management matters as well as freehold and leasehold management issues. The team has developed a specialty in advising clients on industrial estate acquisitions; highlights included assisting McCarthy & Stone with its £6.4m acquisition from Travis Perkins of the Churchfield industrial estate in Walton-on-Thames, including advising on the planning issues and infrastructure matters for the site. It also advised Norwich & Peterborough on multiple secured lending deals on commercial property venues, with an aggregate value of £50m. Other highlights included advising Lewis Investment on its several acquisitions of retail, office and leisure asset investments totalling £40m. Also on the client roster are Big Yellow, Care South and Bloor Homes. Practice head Matthew Barrow is ‘flexible, practical and willing to negotiate’, with experience in commercial property financing and portfolio management. The team also includes development head Roger Woolley, who advises on development agreements and disposals.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire

Within: Commercial property: Dorset and South Wiltshire

The real estate department at Lester Aldridge LLP comprises ‘high-calibre individuals with a vast breadth of experience and knowledge’. The group, which has strengths in property investment and management, real estate finance and residential development, acts for a number of well-known clients in the telecoms, healthcare and marine port sectors. Mark Benham leads the department’s housebuilder practice and acted for McCarthy & Stone on the £6m acquisition of Churchfield Industrial Estate for the development of assisted living apartments. Benham advised the same client on the acquisition of land from Kent County Cricket Club. On the telecoms front, Suki Samra is providing ongoing advice to EE on network improvement matters. In an example of the team’s real estate finance capabilities, Samra is advising Aldermore Bank on secured lending transactions totalling more than £100m throughout 2016 and 2017. The department is headed by the ‘technically excellent and always available’ Matthew Barrow, who splits his time between the Bournemouth and Southampton offices and focuses on secured lending, investment acquisitions and portfolio management. Other key figures include Roger Woolley and Guy Morgan, the latter of whom specialises in healthcare premises development.

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