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Patrick Plant

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Real estate.


As a senior partner in the firm’s Real Estate Department, Patrick has considerable experience in real estate transactions, advising investors, developers, lenders and tenants on all aspects of commercial real estate in the UK.

Patrick has advised on numerous international real estate projects on behalf of listed real estate companies, sovereign wealth funds and investment banks in Asia, the Middle East and Continental Europe.

Patrick also has specialist expertise in hotel and leisure properties, including management and franchise agreements.

Patrick was seconded to the firm’s Hong Kong and Frankfurt offices, and has worked in Australia as a corporate lawyer for a major Australian law firm.

Work highlights

  • Throughout his career, Patrick has led on many of the market’s major commercial real estate transactions. Highlights include advising:
  • a major US corporate on the acquisition and the development of an iconic new European HQ in London
  • Ramsbury on the acquisition of the Debenhams store, Oxford Street, and the former Dickins & Jones building on Regent Street, London
  • a major European bank on the development of its new London HQ
  • a major US investment bank on the development of its new European HQ
  • InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) on the sale and manage back of a portfolio of Holiday Inn hotels in the UK, the market’s first major sale and manage back transaction
  • HSBC on its sale and leaseback at Canary Wharf
  • the Safra family on its acquisition of Plantation Place, London
  • Allied London on the development, leasing and subsequent investment sales at Spinningfields, Manchester
  • Linklaters on its own UK and global premises strategy


Assistant solicitor Linklaters 1986-89; Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Sydney 1989-90; Linklaters 1990-94; partner 1994-2003; partner and global head of real estate, London 2003-11.


Patrick is a Board Member of the British Library, a Council Member of the Royal College of Art, Trustee of the Royal Society for Blind Children and an Honorary Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester.


Manchester University (1983 LLB Hons); College of Law, Chester (1984 Law Society Part 2 Examinations).

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Linklaters LLP is ‘capable of fielding top-notch talent in every discipline affecting a real estate deal, in a way that can only be achieved with the depth of a true specialist firm. Global real estate head Andy Bruce has ‘the unique ability to put his seniority at the service of a deal’; ‘what clients get with him is impressive commercial sensibility wrapped inside a very able lawyer’. Bruce and Simon Price advised the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund on its role in the concerted purchase of a stake in Accor’s €4.4bn hotel property business. Price has particular experience in the hotel and leisure sector and assisted Mandarin Oriental Hotels with the management agreements of a new boutique hotel and branded residences in West London. Further, the group assisted a multinational joint venture with its acquisition of a portfolio of large retail property assets spread across three European jurisdictions. In the development space, the team is advising Lendlease on the £2bn Elephant and Castle regeneration project. Additionally, Martin Elliott is acting for the Barratt Group in relation to a mixed-use development in Hounslow comprising over 500 new homes and an extensive leisure and retail complex. Patrick Plant advised Deutsche Bank on the pre-let of its new London HQ, and has acted for a global fintech company on the development of its European HQ. Tom Watkins exhibits ‘excellent business acumen’ and managing associate Siobhan Burton is ‘whip-smart’ and ‘knows how to manage a large team’. Richardson Capital and Triuva are among the department’s key clients.

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