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Dominic Cunliffe

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Macfarlanes LLP

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Real estate.


Partner dealing with all aspects of commercial real estate, with an emphasis on development and investment.


Trained Franklins; qualified 1997; partner Macfarlanes 2006.


Abingdon School; University of Exeter (1990 BA Hons, Accountancy Studies); Guildford College of Law (1995 LPC).

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Macfarlanes LLP¬†‚Äėdemonstrates a reliable accessibility, and a willingness to turn around documents quickly‚Äô in ‚Äėcomplex corporate real estate‚Äô matters. The team has been involved in many of the market‚Äôs busiest asset classes including PRS, where Anthony Burnett-Scott¬†is acting for Legal & General in relation to PRS developments in Bath and Birmingham, and student accommodation, where Dan Marriott¬†advised Canadian investor Realstar Group on its acquisition of a block of student housing in Hammersmith. Burnett-Scott also acted for Legal & General in relation to the forward funding of development office sites in Cardiff, Liverpool, Bristol and Birmingham totalling 850,000ft. Tom Peddar, who is a key figure in the letting practice, advised The Economist Newspaper on the lease agreement for its new HQ in The Adelphi building near Charing Cross. Major landlord clients include Intu Properties, Derwent London and Stanhope. The team also has expertise in single-asset and portfolio transactions in the hotel sector. Indeed, Dominic Cunliffe¬†and Simon Perry¬†assisted Fonci√®re des R√©gions with its ¬£858m acquisition of 14 hotels from Starwood Capital, and also acted for Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group International in relation to its acquisition of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh. Other investment highlights include Nick Barnes¬†advising Supermarket Income REIT on three supermarket acquisitions totalling ¬£151m. Also recommended are Ian Nisse,¬†Clare Breeze, Steven Pitchford¬†and Gerald Kelly, who has been involved in significant joint venture development and investment mandates.

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    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‚Äėin principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‚Äėrecorded in a suitably worded agreement'. ‚Ä©
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