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Partner. Wide-ranging real estate practice acting for private, public and institutional clients, developers, funders, borrowers and corporates in connection with the acquisition, disposal, management, development and use as security of real estate. This includes: general commercial management work including the grant of business leases, options, easements, rent reviews, business tenancies, surrenders, letting and management of industrial and retail estates; acting for institutional, public and private investors on large scale high value property investment acquisitions and disposals and the creation or provision of advice in relation to the use of innovative structures and schemes - clients include Burford Group plc, JP Boden & Co Limited and McArthurGlen; advising institutional, public sector and private landlords and tenants in connection with commercial and industrial lettings including power stations, chemical plants and mineral leases - clients include The British Library and the London Borough of Southwark; providing corporate support in connection with the property aspects of business and share disposals/acquisitions ranging from the telecoms, leisure (hotels, pubs and holiday groups) biotech and pharmaceutical industries - clients include SQW Limited and Luxury Family Hotels Plc; dealing with the property aspects of numerous high valued secured funding transactions in acting for both funders and borrowers and thereby gaining expertise in numerous methods of investigation of title (including the preparation of certificates of title and the use of portfolio title insurance in lieu of certificates), mass transfer and registration of large property portfolios; development work acting for developers, landowners, JVs and funders in connection with strategic land options, development agreements, building agreements and sale agreements in relation to large scale mixed residential and retail sites and refurbishments in the public and private sectors. Experience ranges from new town developments and urban regeneration to single build projects - clients include Ashwell Property Group; advising arrangers and security agents in relation to the property aspects of securitisations. This type of work also requires a thorough understanding of the composition and nature of title issues in relation to large property portfolios from the perspective of each of the seller, buyer and investor.
Trainee solicitor Allen & Overy 1991-93; senior solicitor 1993-2001; associate Mills & Reeve 2001-02; partner Mills & Reeve 2003.
Sawston Village College, Cambridge; University of York (BA Philosophy); College of Law, Lancaster Gate, London (CPE; LSF).
Music, reading, walking and gardening.
Finance - property; Property - commercial property