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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Charles Staveley

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Mills & Reeve LLP

Work Department

Real estate, real estate investment


Real Estate Partner specialising in real estate investment and development work

Charles leads the firm's real estate investment sector, drawing together expertise in mainstream investment work and alternative asset classes. Charles’s clients include institutional pension funds, management houses, property companies, onshore and offshore investors (in the USA, Asia and Europe). He is a member of the IPF, the Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board, the IBA Real Estate Committee, the Mills & Reeve Board, is a Charity Trustee of Cambridge RUFC and a Kids cricket coach at St Giles CC.


Trained Hunters, Lincoln’s Inn, London; qualified 1996. Trainee and solicitor Hunters 1994-97; solicitor Hammonds, City office (1997-2002); solicitor Mills & Reeve, Cambridge 2002-03; associate 2003-04; partner 2004 +, Board member 2015 to date. Publications of note: articles for ‘Pensions Weekly’ and ‘Property Week’; commentary in the ‘Financial Times’; ‘EG’ and various other journals. Panellist at the London EG Question time event at the Globe Theatre on 28 June 2016.




Investment Property Forum (IPF), IBA Real Estate Committee and Cambridge Land Economy Advisory Board


Felsted School, Great Dunmow, Essex (1983-88 A Levels: history (A); geography (B); English (B)); University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1989-92 LLB Hons); College of Law, York (1992-93 Law Society Finals (pass)).


Cricket: ECB cricket coach (kids’ cricket); Wendens Ambo Cricket Club; Flitch Pilgrims Cricket Club; Felsted Robins CC; Thowstave CC. Rugby Union: trustee of Cambridge RFC charitable trust; CRUFC. Other interests: horseracing; history

East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Cambridge

Within: Leading individuals

Charles Staveley - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Commercial property: Cambridge

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s has ‘commercial and responsive lawyers’ that represent 'good value for money in relation to London-based practices'. Planning partner Beverley Firth is national head of the firm’s real estate practice, which has an extremely talented bench. 'Strong property partner' Christine de Ferrars Green is ‘always available to try and help manage her team and assist with all matters‘. Nick Finlayson-Brown has more than 20 years' experience in real estate matters and his role as head of the firm's China team sees him handle many cross-border property matters. He is 'entirely commercial in his approach and provides excellent service and advice'. Partner Charles Staveley leads the firm's real estate investment sector group, which advises institutional pension funds, management houses, property companies, onshore and offshore investors. He assisted HPG Gonville Ltd with the £6.5m purchase of properties and their lease back to Cambridge Education Group. Vincenzo Maggio focuses on investment work and landlord and tenant matters with an emphasis on science parks. He acted for Babraham Institute on a review of its multimillion-pound portfolio. Also recommended are Michelle Cookson, who specialises in complex investment and development projects; real estate finance specialist Tim Allsop, who is is ‘excellent – detailed, commercial and very responsive on more complicated matters‘; and senior associate Tom Nash, who is praised for ‘his clarity of thought, expression and delivery, which are invaluable‘.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Mills & Reeve LLP advises development vehicles, investors and landowners in residential development projects, and investment mandates involving single assets and complex property portfolios. In the development space, Christine de Ferrars Green is advising O&H Properties on the development of an urban extension to Peterborough, which aims to deliver 13,000 new homes. Similarly, Carina Cobbold is acting for Sue Developments in relation to a sustainable urban extension at Houlton, Rugby, and Caroline Dean advised a group of landowners on land sales for a residential development ion Norfolk. Investment highlights have included Orla O’Sullivan assisting Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund with the £28.5m sale of a long leasehold to a subsidiary of a newly formed REIT, and Charles Staveley acting for Pandox in relation to the property due diligence and post-deal structuring of its £800m acquisition of Jurys Inn’s hotel chain. Beverley Firth acts as national head of real estate, and Dominic Hodern heads the real estate asset management group. Rachel Pitman and Mike Edge joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP; Pitman has experience in a range of investment and development work, while Edge specialises in regeneration projects.

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