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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Fiona Edmond

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Real estate and construction; construction, engineering and projects.


Fiona regularly advises commercial developers on a wide range of construction projects and property transactions, including office and mixed-use developments, whether as new builds or refurbishments. She also acts for hotel developers in respect of their asset maintenance and development. Fiona regularly advises parties on both sides of complex acquisitions and lettings – whether as landlord, tenant, purchaser or vendor. Fiona is familiar with all standard forms and methods of procurement, including the use of JCT, NEC and FIDC, and works on bespoke contracts. Experience: advising Derwent London plc on many of its central London developments, including the refurbishment of a 1.4 acre site on Charlotte Street comprising new build and refurbishment providing 335,000 sq ft of offices and 50,000 sq ft of residential units and Derwent’s office-led regeneration scheme at City Road, which has been identified as the centre of a government initiative to attract new technologies to London, dubbed ‘Silicon Roundabout’; advising the landlord in respect of the head office move of a high-profile advertising agency into two of the landlord’s new schemes, with a combined annual rent of £7.8m; advising an exclusive hotel chain on the refurbishment of its leading hotel in Central Europe, as well as the construction of its new London hotel and the refurbishments of ballrooms and suites at its other high-profile London hotel; advising the developer on the regeneration of Regent Quarter, Block D, including new build and refurbishment, and subsequently in respect of an 80,000 sq ft single letting of Regent Quarter, Block D.

London: Real estate


Within: Construction

The ‘Very approachable, commercially astute, pragmatic and clear’ Steven Carey leads the construction team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Fiona Edmond advises central London commercial developers on a wide range of construction projects and property transactions, including office and mixed-use developments, for both purchaser and vendor. Edmond also brings expertise in acting for data centre providers and landlords on the development of science parks. Recent work has ranged from projects as diverse as the Wembley National Stadium, the Opus Business Bay in Dubai and a mixed-use development in Ghana. Contentious clients include Derwent London PLC, Countryside Properties, Howard de Walden Estate and Crest Nicholson in the development sector; and Bouygues Construction, Thyssenkrupp Group, Permasteelisa Group, WS Atkins Plc, Ferrovial Aggroman, Mace Group, Tata Steel in international construction. Two senior associates were recently made up to partner: Rupa Lakha and Michael O’Connor, who is ‘very knowledgeable, commercial, collaborative and invests his time to get to know the business so that he can advise appropriately.’ On the non-contentious side, O’Connor has been advising the Dover Harbour Board on its £250m flagship redevelopment for the Port of Dover, consisting of a new cargo terminal, and new marina pier.

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